NEWS: Altain to speak at Westminster education forum event, June 5th 2014

Geoff Hurst, Managing Director, of Altain education will be presenting and contributing to a panel discussion on the future of publishing and the examination system at the Westminster education forum event this week. Information on the programme and other speakers are below. We hope to see you there!

Westminster education forum

Reforming England’s examination system (Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish square, London W1GoRN). Sponsored by RM Results. The conference follows the release of the final report of Ofqual’s review into the quality of marking for GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications

Delegates will consider proposals to improve the design of marking schemes, and on-screen and traditional marking processes, as well as the introduction of a new exam appeals system by summer 2015.Discussion is also expected to bring out latest thinking on reforms to the relationship between exam boards and publishers.The operation of a market for exams will also be examined, including the impact competition has on quality and cost of examinations.Also information available to schools and colleges when selecting between awarding bodies and other possible models for a reformed exam system.

Key notes from:

Glenys Stacey, Chief Regulator, Ofqual and Professor Rob Coe, Professor, School of Education and Director, Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University.

Other speakers include

James Croft, Director, Centre for Market Reform of Education; Tim Downie, Business Development Director, RM Results; Andrew Freeman, Associate Publisher, Collins Learning, HarperCollins Publishers; Peter Hamilton, Headmaster, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Hertfordshire and Chair, Academic Policy Committee, Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference;Andrew Harland, Chief Executive, Examination Officers’ Association; Geoff Hurst, Managing Director, Altain Education; Dr Harriet Jones, Director, Pre-University Skills programme, University of East Anglia; Sarah Maughan, Director of Research, National Foundation for Educational Research; Darren Northcott, National Official, Education, NASUWT; Gareth Pierce, Chief Executive, WJEC; Michael Ridge, Director, Public Policy Practice, Frontier Economics; Sylke Scheiner, Director of Standards, OCR and Malcolm Trobe, Deputy General Secretary, ASCL have also agreed to speak.

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