2016 and beyond: Predictions from Altain and eleven others in the qualtech industry

Earlier this month RM results, world leaders in online marketing technology, invited influential figures in the qualtech industry to share perspectives on the future. Predictions shared by Geoff Hurst, Managing Director of Altain Education are reproduced below and the full article featuring all twelve contributors can be found here


Reform, reform and more reform

Predictions for this year are, on the face of it, easy. Reform, reform and more reform – potentially leaving little bandwidth for anything else.

In September last year, teachers began teaching new specifications for GCSE, A levels and new Tech levels with first awarding in summer 2017. This is an ambitious programme of change that will take up to around 2020 to complete.

A fresh look at requirements to meet the challenges ahead

A new Chief Regulator is due to take office later in the year and they should be encouraged to take a fresh look at the planned programme and resources required both by schools and by the examining industry, in order to reassure all that resource levels are commensurate with the level of challenge and quality demanded. The fact that 2016 is largely the run out phase of the old specifications presents us with a window of opportunity to anticipate challenges and mitigate risks for 2017 and beyond.

A need to find the bandwidth to advance technology’s contribution

We would also benefit from anticipating the requirements of users and consumers of these reformed qualifications – students/ parents/ universities and employers – failure to do so risks undermining the hard work by everyone to rebuild trust in the system.

For the time being these qualifications remain paper-based supported by traditional textbooks which will be disappointing for some.  Online marking has successfully demonstrated technological interventions in the right places will continue to have a valuable supporting role to play. However, we would hope that there is also bandwidth to evaluate the potential for a technologically advanced future beyond the current cycle of change

Your views? 

What do you think that the future holds in store for qualifications? Is the industry equipped to satisfy the requirements of all its stakeholders? How might technology help?

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