NEWS: Altain to speak at the forthcoming Westminster Education Forum event on reforming England’s exam system

Geoff Hurst, Managing Director, of Altain education will be presenting and contributing to a panel discussion on priorities for the new regulator as part of the conference on reform of the English exams system. A summary of the programme and other speakers are below with full details here. We hope to see you there!

Westminster education forum

Reforming the exam system and priorities for the new chief regulator 

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 Professor Roger Murphy, former Member, Ofqual Standards Advisory Group, Board Member, Pearson Education and Associate Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy and Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, Director of Research, The Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education have very kindly agreed to deliver keynote addresses 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; Geoff Hurst, Managing Director, Altain Education; 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.

Baroness Perry of Southwark, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education has kindly agreed to chair a session at this seminar.


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