A movement to value the strengths of every child



A movement to value the strengths of every child

Join us and be part of the change

Our exam system is a mess. Now is the time to reshape it.

Exams have a stranglehold on our entire education system. They dominate what is taught, how it is taught, and lived experience of every child, parent and teacher in the country.

Many young people find the way our exam system works increasingly stressful and not a true reflection of what they can do or are good at. The arms race for grades is brutal, and the notion of ‘raising standards’ redundant; the GCSE system necessitates that the bottom third fail. 

Headteachers feel that high stakes exams distort priorities and stops them from providing a well rounded education for their pupils. 

Our assessment system is not giving universities, colleges or employers the kind of information they want, or evidencing the kinds of dispositions and capabilities which help young people to succeed at school and in life. 

Exams have been cancelled for 2 years and now is the moment to push hard for change.

The aim of rethinking assessment is:

To make the argument for change though case studies, analysis, evidence and thoughtful blogs

To start to provide some workable solutions, practical ideas and approaches that we will pilot in our schools and offer as real alternatives.

So, if you believe now is the time to rethink assessment, join us, help us, add your voice and ideas.

How do we ensure that...

the assessment system recognises the full range of a young person’s strengths?

the needs of a rich and broad curriculum underpin the design of any assessment?

a young person is given proper recognition for achieving the set criteria instead of there being a fixed pass rate for assessments?

assessment is useful for the pathways of all students whether going to university, college or employment?

schools are judged on the quality and range of their education offer and not a narrow set of exam results?

we learn from the best assessment practices in the UK and across the world?

This is your chance to help us answer these important questions

Rethinking Assessment in the news

Growing a movement of schools committed to student centered learning

Sarah Cottenden Education Consultant, FRSA

We have no legitimate reason why not to have a complete rethink about our entire education system, and to act on readily available and highly documented education research...

Building an education system for the future

Mary Student at Bohunt School Sixth Form

We currently experience an education centred around recalling information in exchange for a number that determines your ‘intelligence’. It is failing us. We need interdisciplinary thinking and place-based curricular...

Assessment: Time for a Rethink? Series with the Edge Foundation

Susan Higgins Edge Foundation

Adolescence is a sensitive time of brain development. Between the ages of 15 and 16, when one set of key exams take place, there is a vast amount of variation in brain development for difference individuals...

Join us and be part of the change