Blogs: Rethinking Assessment

Leading experts call for a new approach to education and assessment

Peter Hyman Co-Director of Big Education

GCSEs are failing too many young people, risk irrelevance to countless employers and are based on outdated science. It’s time for a radical rethink on how we assess young people and measure their progress through the ed...

An interesting look at how primary assessments could better serve children and parents

Primary Timery Opinion piece

An interesting piece on the Primarytimery.com website explores how assessments at primary schools could be made more useful for teachers and parents....

Building confidence in an alternative to the current examination system

Tom Sherrington Trustee, National Baccalaureate Trust

As we return to some kind of normality post-Covid, the role that exams and teacher assessment play in our qualifications systems continues to come under scrutiny....

Former head of Ofsted suggests extensive changes to education and assessment in interview with the Times

Rethinking Assessment Team

In a wide-ranging interview with the Times, former head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has called for GCSEs to be scrapped....

Frank Norris discusses how the current assessment system is failing students and businesses alike

Frank Norris  Education and Skills Adviser to Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Independent Chair of Blackpool Education Improvement Board

If we are serious about re-engaging all young people as we move to a different normality we need to be open to greater flexibility and a wider range of assessment approaches. ...

Rethinking Assessment event Spring 2022

Al McConville Deputy Head, King Alfred School

A snapshot of presentations and discussion from the Education on the Move conference...

House of Commons Adjournment Debate on assessment reform

Flick Drummond MP for Meon Valley

Flick Drummond MP makes the case for assessment reform in the House of Commons, drawing on the work of Rethinking Assessment...

Teachers who develop a repertoire of methods for evidencing creativity can raise its status and improve the quality of learning

Bill Lucas Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester

The guide offers teachers a range of practical ways of evidencing the growth of their students creativity, underpinned by research....

After Edge's Education Showcase Commission, what can we do to enact change

Olly Newton  Executive Director of The Edge Foundation

The consensus is clear: the education system is not effectively preparing young people for the future. In fact, in many cases, it is actively setting them up to fail. So what practical steps can we take to change this?...

An overview of the ground-breaking Essential Skills Tracker

Eleanor Collard  Skills Builder Partnership

Skills Builder Partnership have released a ground-breaking report that investigates the state of essential skills in the UK. What did it say, and what actions should be taken?...