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The future of assessment in England’s secondary schools

December 2022

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

This conference examined the next steps for the exam system in England, including the role of digital assessment moving forward.

It took place following the return of in-person exams and the subsequent 2022 GCSE and A-Level results days in August 2022, as well as Ofqual’s announcement of a new three-year plan to introduce the use of innovative technology in exams in English schools and to support the reintroduction of exam-based assessment.

Delegates had the opportunity to discuss the future direction for England’s assessment system - including learning from best practice, implementing reasonable adjustments, and addressing invigilator shortages - and priorities for government policy with new political leadership in place. 

Sessions also looked at the future use of technology and the effectiveness of digital assessment methods in qualifications, including the role of assistive technology and strategies for boosting accessibility and flexibility of remote exams and invigilation.

Overall, areas for discussion included:

  • post-pandemic recovery: lessons learnt from the 2022 summer series - remote examinations - implementation of effective access arrangements
  • re-shaping England’s system: the return to exam-based assessment - restoring quality and standards post-pandemic - addressing invigilator shortages - best practice for in-person exams 
  • supporting students through exams: fairness, transparency, and flexibility - the appeal process - care for mental health - support for disadvantaged students
  • digital assessment: ensuring effective and fair assessment - strategies for introducing adaptive testing and remote invigilation - equipping schools with assistive technology
  • the future for qualifications: policy and strategy for the long term

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Ian Morgan, Chair, Joint Council for Qualifications; and, Chief Executive, WJEC Eduqas; Rachel Sylvester, Chair, The Times Education Commission; and Ian Castledine, Head of Propositions for Assessment, RM. The chairs were Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking and Lord Watson of Invergowrie.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles