Help us Rethink Assessment

Help us solve the problems of assessment by contributing your thoughts to our Big Questions.

We want your opinions, voices and evidence to contribute to our movement to Rethink Assessment. This is your chance to change the education system.

Get involved with Rethinking Assessment and help us provide workable alternatives to our current failing exam system.

We have embarked an intense six month process to find ideas and develop solutions to change our current assessment system. We want to create new approaches to assessment to test out in our schools.

The Big Questions 

Throughout the process there will be a number of different ways that you can get involved in Rethinking Assessment. One of those is through community challenges!

Our Big Questions seek to answer some of the most difficult questions around assessment. By contributing your thoughts and opinions, your voice will be part of the change as we build the case for evidence and provide and pilot alternative solutions to our assessment challenges.

Challenge 4 

Time remaining to get involved:

Running from 7th February - 28th February


The recent Times Education Commission interim report highlighted many of the problems with high stakes written exams as the sole ‘mode’ of assessing young people, particularly at age 16. At Rethinking Assessment we think that exams in their current form have their place but should be part of a broader basket of measures which allow learners to demonstrate their knowledge and capabilities. We’ve been looking at different forms of assessment that are used around the world, beyond written exams, and considering what the ideal modes and mixture of assessment practices would look like. 

Over this month we want to know what you think about exams, so we can gain a more thorough understanding of their strengths and limitations.

Get involved 

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Questions you’ve answered 

We wanted you to help us decide the problems that Rethinking Assessment will focus on.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first community challenge, where we asked you to identify the most important problems with the current exam system.

Some important problems identified by our community were:

said we don’t measure the full range of a student’s capabilities
said we don’t value creation and making
said the forgotten third who leave with nothing

To read more about the results and actions from your feedback, view the full report

We wanted you to help us find solutions to the lack of breadth and depth in assessment, and lack of recognition of wider skills and dispositions.

Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas, projects and case studies for our second community challenge, where we looked to crowdsource solutions to some of the problems we’ve identified with our current assessment system.

We received submissions from a wide variety of organisations:

of contributors were primary or secondary schools
of contributors were local authorities or school networks
of contributors were involved with EdTech

To read more about the results and actions from your feedback, view the full report

Join us and be part of the change