Keynote Speaker: Assessment - outcomes, inclusion, and opportunity. What could the future look like?
Delivered by Jeffrey Boakye
Jeffrey Boakye is an ex-teacher turned writer, speaker, broadcaster and educator, with a particular interest in issues surrounding race, masculinity, education and popular culture.
Jeffrey was an English teacher for 15 years and now provides training for schools, universities and businesses on race, identity, masculinity and education. He is also Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Institute for Education.
Jeffrey’s published books are: Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime, Black Listed: Black British Culture Explored, What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions (co-authored), Musical Truth: A Musical Journey through Modern Black Britain (winner of the Quiz Writers’ Choice Secondary Non–Fiction Award and Winner of UKLA Information Books 3- 14+), I Heard What You Said, Kofi and the Rap Battle Summer and Musical World: Modern World History as You’ve Never Heard it Before.
Jeffrey publishes a very popular Substack newsletter - Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Jeffrey co-hosts BBC Radio 4’s double award winning Add to Playlist. He received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Leicester in January 2023.
Panel Debate 1: Preparing young people to thrive
Within this session, we will explore the role of education in enabling young people to flourish and thrive and the importance of assessment reform in supporting this process. In particular, the panellist will examine the knowledge, skills and values young people require to thrive in the workplace, higher education and their future lives and the role education plays in providing inclusive, creative and effective learning opportunities.
Featuring: Marie Hamilton, Greater Manchester Regional Lead, Microsoft, Sara Prowse, CEO, UA92, Jennifer Riding, Director of Learning & Engagement, The Lowry, Andy Moor, CEO, Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust. Chaired by Chris McLean, University of Manchester.
Panel Debate 2: Assessment around the world
This session will bring together representatives from different Government bodies and international organisations which are reforming their systems of assessment, qualifications and ways of recognising student achievement. It will look at the driving impetus for change and reform, the kinds of changes underway including new developments in qualifications and learner profiling, and the practicalities of bringing about systems change. Which includes changes in mindsets and as well as changes to teaching and assessment practice.
Featuring: Michael Stevenson, Senior Consultant, OECD, Graeme Wallace, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland, Cassy Taylor, Director of Qualifications Policy & Reform, Qualifications Wales, Fabrizia Flynn, Head of Assessment Principles and Practice, IBO
Panel Debate 3: A vision for the future
Panellists will look at how curriculum, assessment and pedagogy can support an educational vision that is equitable, sustainable and empowering. They will look in particular at the role of assessment design in realising these aims.
Featuring: Steve Chalke, Founder, Oasis UK, Timo Hannay, Founder SchoolDash, Lucia Quadrini, Edge Youth Network, Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist, ASCL. Chaired by Olly Newton, Executive Director, Edge Foundation.
Breakout Session: Learner profiles: spotlight on creative thinking
Rethinking Assessment has been prototyping learner profiles with schools, colleges and multi academy trusts over the last 18 months, and this session will showcase two examples from this work, deep diving into evidencing a range of creative habits of learning and embedding these within curriculum practices. Two education leaders (England and Scotland) will showcase the work they have been doing, and the impact this is having on learners, teachers and the wider community. We will also be sharing learnings from our Assessing Creative Thinking action reseach project, supported by Big Change.
Featuring: Emily Reid, Assistant Headteacher, St Bernard's RC Primary School, HFCMAT, Helena Good, Director, Daydream Believers. Chaired by Fran Wilby, Rethinking Assessment.
Breakout Session: Can oracy be assessed?
Join this session to hear the results from some recent projects including a nationwide Adaptive Comparative Judgement assessment session. A chance to discuss what we know, what we don’t, what we are doing next and how you can get involved.
Featuring: Amanda Moorghen, Head of Impact & Research, Voice 21 & Mark House, Product Manager, RM Compare
Breakout Session: The future of assessment and digital exams: revolution, or evolution?
This session will explore the benefits of digital exams for students and teachers as well as what it will take to make it a reality.
Featuring: Colin Hughes, CEO, AQA
Breakout Session: Digging deeper on marking and grade boundaries: A student perspective
How can we make mark scheme and grade boundaries as clear as possible for students? What do students find confusing about our current grade distinctions and how does this vary between vocational and academic routes. In this session you will hear from students and young people as well as those behind the mark schemes on how we can set all young people up to thrive in their assessments, especially as we incorporate more multimodal assessment methods.
Featuring: Sarah Kinsey, Senior Manager, OCR, Rachel Brewer, Teacher of Music, St Paul's Girls' School, Megan Thoms, Head of Student Programms & Strategy, Schools of Tomorrow, Taha Tariq, Yr 13 Student, Brampton Manor Academy, Thomas Elmslie, Apprentice, IFATE. Chaired by Phoebe Durojaiye, Medical Student, University of York Hull York Medical School.
Breakout Session: Conversations around AI and Assessment
Dr Andy Kemp, Principal of the National Mathematics and Science College, will lead a conversation with Timo Hannay, founder of SchoolDash, and Dr Miriam Firth, Academic Lead for Assessments in Flexible Learning across the University of Manchester, about the current challenges in assessment, the alternatives available, and the potential for AI to radically change the status quo. This will be an interesting and vibrant discussion as the panel share their experience of different areas of the world of assessment.
Featuring: Timo Hannay, Founder SchoolDash, Miriam Firth, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester. Chaired by Andy Kemp, Principal, The National Mathematics and Science College.
Breakout Session: School directed courses and project based curriculum
In this session we will hear from a number of schools who are innovating at Key Stage 4 by replacing some GCSEs with their own curriculum. Spotlight on a pilot project with Pearson in which schools are going to use existing project qualifications to deliver and assess their own subject content.
Featuring: Phil Holton, Senior Strategy Manager, Pearson, Philip Seal, Deputy Head, King's High School, Charlie Ben-Nathan, Assistant Head, Latymer Upper School, Phil Avery, Director of Education, Bohunt Education Trust, Clare Jarmy, Assistant Head, Bedales, John Taylor, Director of Learning, Teaching & innovation, Cranleigh School. Chaired by Al McConville, Deputy Head, King Alfred School.