Blogs: Rethinking Assessment

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...

Across Australia schools, universities and industries are coming together to explore new ways of measuring success

Leon Furze Director of Learning and Teaching, Monivae College, Australia

Reimagining the education system in Australia and designing a new set of metrics to measure the success of our students in response to an ever-changing world...

Beyond the challenges of TAGs, there have been important gains and learnings for the future of asssessment

Rachel Macfarlane Director of Education Services, Herts for Learning

Despite all the stresses and challenges of the TAGs arrangements, teachers are still able to reflect on the benefits of a teacher assessed grade system...

The history of evolution gives insight into how we should assess learning and our knowledge, skills and dispositions

Tabatha Sheehan Head of English at Westonbirt School

Rethinking assessments must be drawn back to the way humans have learnt and evolved so far – we must look at evolutionary history and understand that our development and our growth as a species is littered with variety...

How utilising multiple modes of assessment at GCSE would allow all students to demonstrate their strengths and reduce stress

Anisa Farook Student at Northampton School for Girls

Student Anisa gives an overview of her EPQ research which looked to analyse different methods for improving assessment...

A case study from Mishcon de Reya LLP

Patrick Connolly Academy Director for Mishcon de Reya LLP

We believe that going beyond the traditional approach of CV and grade-based recruitment leads to a better long-term outcome for the firm and the candidate...

How the pivot to online testing has encouraged exam designers to think more about how exams support student learning

Dr Gwyneth Hughes Reader in Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education

The University of London, as well as many other Universities, have trialled open book exams during the Covid-19 pandemic - an assessment innovation that looks like it is here to stay...

How a flexible, local curriculum and interdisciplinary learning could raise academic results, improve society and help young people

Issy Activist & student at Bohunt Sixth Form

Phil Avery Direction of Education, Bohunt Education Trust

In this piece, Issy drawns on her personal experience and growing identity as an activist to reflect on how she wished she had been taught societal issues at a younger age and given the opportunity to apply her learning...