Westminster Education Forum keynote seminar: Reforming England’s exam system: quality of marking, exam appeals and priorities for the new Chief Regulator

Message from Westminster Education Forum, a company that organises impartial and timely public policy conferences on a wide range of subjects relating to the education system.

We are holding a senior-level keynote seminar entitled Reforming England’s exam system: quality of marking, exam appeals and priorities for the new Chief Regulator on Thursday, the 30th of June 2016.

Please follow the link below to find a detailed description of the event on our website:

Reforming England’s exam system: quality of marking, exam appeals and priorities for the new Chief Regulator
Thursday, 30th of June 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

I have included a full speaker list below my signature and a link to our live agenda here. Should this prove to be of interest, please do let me know if I can provide any further details or media.

Dharsha Bodha
Stakeholder Research Officer, Westminster Education Forum

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This conference will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the challenges facing England’s examination system including the quality of marking, improving the examination appeals process and implementing qualifications reform.

Timed as Ofqual prepares to make improvements to marking and exam appeals, delegates will discuss the likely impact of the proposed reforms and further steps that could be taken to improve the overall quality of marking. They will also consider the potential of digital technologies in reducing the workload for markers, tackling barriers to the recruitment of high quality examiners and how to address concerns raised by schools about the high volume of grade changes at GCSE and A-levels recently.

Reforms to increase the transparency of result inquiries and improve the appeals process including proposals to allow candidates to view the original script before making an appeal, will also be considered, alongside addressing the rising cost of re-marking.

Further sessions will focus on supporting schools to overcome resource and personnel challenges posed by introduction of linear exams, especially when catering for students with special consideration requirements. Delegates will also consider how well the current examination system prepares young people for work and higher education.

We are delighted that Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, Director of Research, The Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education has very kindly agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar.

Andrew Hall, Chief Executive, AQA; Andrew Harland, Chief Executive Officer, Examination Officers’ Association; Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President, Pearson Qualification Services; Russell Hobby, General Secretary, NAHT; Suzanne O’Farrell, Curriculum and Assessment Specialist, ASCL; Junaid Mubeen, Head of Product, Whizz Education; James Redgate, Head of Business Development, RM Results and Steve Watts, Chair, Admissions Forum, University of Cambridge have also agreed to speak.

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