Westminster Education Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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England’s exam system - the impact of reform, addressing malpractice, and improving accessibility, fairness and use of technology


This conference will examine the future for England’s exam system.

It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss key issues - and further options for the system going forward - following a period of considerable reform.

Areas for discussion at this conference include:

  • The impact of GCSE and A Level reform;
  • Next steps for tackling malpractice;
  • Cost and accessibility;
  • Improving public confidence in the exam system;
  • Developing a fair, high quality exam system - accessibility, reducing costs and ensuring a rounded assessment of students’ skill set; and
  • Opportunities for utilising technology to improve the exam system.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Jill Duffy, Chief Executive, OCR; and
  • Dr Philip Wright, Director General, Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

Further confirmed speakers include: Dale Bassett, AQA; Andrew Harland, Ability 2 Access; Professor Sandra McNally, London School of Economics; Derek Richardson, Pearson; Dr Mary Richardson, UCL Institute of Education; and Matt Wingfield, The e-Assessment Association.

The agenda

  • General qualification reform - an overview;
  • The impact of reform so far and options going forward;
  • Next steps for implementing the recommendations of the malpractice review;
  • Improving fairness and  quality in the exam system - accessibility, costs and safeguarding the validity of assessments;
  • Next steps for England’s exam system - options for alternative assessment models, use of technology, and ensuring qualifications equip young people with skills to succeed post-16.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Education Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates