Blogs: Rethinking Assessment

It’s no longer enough for students to emerge from their formal schooling with a few grades or marks - we owe it to them to give a much more nuanced picture of what they can do

Bill Lucas Co-Founder, Rethinking Assessment

Drawing on evidence from across the world, we show how high-stakes assessment is harming students and increasingly ignored by key stakeholders. We need to remind ourselves what matters in education....

How the exam system reinforces inequalities inherent in the values system of our country

Sammy Wright Vice Principal at Southmoor Academy in Sunderland, Lead for Schools & HE at the Social Mobility Commission

One of the biggest, and most rarely stated problems we face as an education establishment and as a country, is the mismatch between what we promise young people and what we offer them...

How de-linking scales across domains would end the experience of one-big-competition

Amelia Peterson LSE & London Interdisciplinary School

We could have fairer selection processes through assessment and more effective accountability if we get rid of linked scales such as grades, or percentages as our way of reporting assessment outcomes...

Why the needs of learners both inside and outside of the mainstream school system need to be considered for assessment to work fairly for all

Katie Finlayson Home Educator & representative of the Home Educators' Qualifications Association

It’s never been easier to tailor learning to the interests and needs of an individual student. We need an accessible assessment system that supports those individual approaches and isn’t locked in to a one-size-fits-all ...

Rethinking Assessment in conversation with Professor Guy Claxton

Al McConville Co-founder, Rethinking Assessment

A leap in the ‘science of assessment’ is the next frontier in showing how we can successfully evidence not only knowledge and domain-specific understanding, but also broader dispositions that are vital for success...

St Edward's School Certificate courses, offered instead of GCSEs, expand student learning and the curriculum

Matthew Albrighton St Edwards School

St Edward's School in Oxfordshire have developed their own certified courses, moderated by a University, to replace GCSEs - with the aim of offering fewer GCSEs and more SESCs in the future ...

We must move beyond exam cramming and competition to support learning and recognise what all young people are capable of

Austen Burnham Year 11 student

Covid has provided the perfect opportunity for us a nation to re-assess and re-evaluate our exams, so that they provide a more comprehensive and holistic view of the student, instead of only a collection of numbers...

Find ways to measure what we truly value and not just what is easy to measure.

Joysy John CEO at 01Founders

How can Edtech tools better support student learning? Joysy John shows how digital assessments can support more frequent low-stakes testing and provide teachers with actionable suggestions to improve practice...

Three ways to communicate learning and motivate students without grades

Tom Cosgrove Design and Technology Teacher, Leysin American School in Switzerland

Tom Cosgrove sets a challenge to educators to try more authentic methods of assesment, to remove the pressure of grades, and allow students to engage more deeply in their learning...

We would do well to listen to those at the sharp end of our examination systems

Paul Smith Assistant Headteacher, Northampton School for Girls

Through her EQP project, a student at Northampton School for Girls conducted a fascinating deep dive into how mixed methods of assessment can improve student learning, achievement and wellbeing...