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- 23 Dec 2008
UCAS tariff confirmed for Cambridge Pre-U
- Cambridge Pre-U, an alternative to A Level being offered by schools in both the maintained and independent sectors, has now been awarded UCAS points.
- 12 Dec 2008
Exams join the real world
- Exams for 16 year olds have seen many changes with questions now relating much more to real world contexts. That’s the finding of research looking at papers in seven subject areas from 1867 to 2007 by Cambridge Assessment , which is this year celebrating its 150th anniversary.
- 9 Dec 2008
Successful thinking for all
- Latest research by Cambridge Assessment in collaboration with OCR - one of three exam boards that make up the Cambridge Assessment Group - has found a dramatic one-grade improvement in achievement at A level for those students taking Critical Thinking at AS Level.
- 9 Dec 2008
Skills on top of the agenda
- Cambridge Assessment is partnering with the influential think tank the Fabian Society on its Skills Forum, a programme of events looking at the skills agenda – the Government’s response to concerns about the UK workforces’ lack of skills, and lack of investment by UK employers in developing and implementing training for employees.
- 27 Nov 2008
Cambridge leads thinking on student-centred education in India
- The University of Cambridge International Examinations - one of the three exam boards that make up the Cambridge Assessment Group - initiated a major conference in India to discuss the benefits of the student-centred approach with educators across the sub-continent. Putting the learner at the heart of the learning process is central to the Cambridge philosophy.
- 26 Nov 2008
Record numbers take Cambridge Assessment admissions tests
- This November over 11,000 candidates worldwide – a record number – have taken one of the university admissions tests developed and administered by Cambridge Assessment.
- 14 Nov 2008
Achieve magazine, autumn 2008
- Latest issue now available
- 22 Oct 2008
Reflections on the Recent Revolution at Key Stage 3
- Sylvia Green, Director of Research at Cambridge Assessment reflects on the recent changes at Key Stage 3.
- 4 Jul 2008
Why Government education initiatives work – or don’t
- Cambridge Assessment’s fourth Parliamentary research seminar at the House of Commons – which was on the topic of what makes Government education initiatives succeed or fail – was attended by 60 key senior education professionals and MPs, generating a lively debate.
- 23 Jun 2008
Cambridge Assessment's view on academic Diplomas
- View from Cambridge Assessment's Group Chief Executive, Simon Lebus, on academic Diplomas.
- 23 Jun 2008
“Confidence in Standards” - Cambridge Assessment's response to the Government's white paper
- Cambridge Assessment has responded to the government's consultation “Confidence in Standards” which seeks to create an independent regulator separated out from both the Department of Children, Families and Schools and the current regulator, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
- 21 May 2008
Examinations in England after 1945: History repeats itself
- Taken from the second in a series of seminars which looks at the different stages in Cambridge Assessment's history, Helen Patrick, former research group manager at UCLES and now an independent consultant, focuses on developments following 1945, using the Cambridge Syndicate's experience to illustrate recurring themes in the history of assessment in England.
- 21 Apr 2008
What will today’s young people be able to offer tomorrow?
- “Education policy around the world: Innovations in 14-19 Reform”
- 17 Apr 2008
Vice-Chancellor joins in 150th anniversary celebrations
- Cambridge Assessment was honoured by a visit from Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alison Richard, as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations.
- 8 Apr 2008
Research into Dyslexic students and examination questions yields ‘unexpected findings’
- A study carried out by Cambridge Assessment has revealed some surprising results relating to the common perception that dyslexic students are disadvantaged by certain features of conventional exam papers, such as font use and text spacing.
- 7 Apr 2008
FBI visits Cambridge University to discuss beating language exam cheats
- An FBI specialist is to address European language experts on new forensic technology for detecting cheating in language exams.
- 4 Apr 2008
Does Ireland have the answer for integration?
- Ireland’s fast-track scheme to help immigrants with refugee status into their host communities uses a mixture of intense language classes, practical skills and learning about the systems and culture of Ireland. Could England’s plans to foster citizenship in the immigrant community benefit from this approach?
- 6 Mar 2008
House of Commons Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families Inquiry into Testing and Assessment
- From December through to February the House of Commons Select Committee on Children, Schools and Families has been holding an Inquiry into testing and assessment. MPs have questioned a range of witnesses and received a plethora of written evidence to try to find out exactly what problems might be being experienced in schools, colleges and workplaces and to try and identify some potential solutions.
- 6 Mar 2008
Seminar looks at Cambridge's role in introduction of school exams
- A seminar looking at the role Cambridge has played in the introduction of school exams will take place on Thursday 13 March as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Cambridge Assessment, the UK’s oldest surviving exam board.
- 14 Feb 2008
How have school exams changed over the past 150 years?
- We take a look at the development of examinations from the early days to their present form.
- 11 Feb 2008
“Most candidates had little scruple about writing down sheer nonsense”
- Bribery letters, 150-year-old examiner reports, eye-witness accounts of hardship during the First and Second World Wars and past exam questions feature in an online exhibition – from the archive of Cambridge Assessment.
- 31 Jan 2008
What makes a good teacher? An overview of teaching effectiveness research
- The Third Cambridge Assessment Research Seminar was hosted and chaired by Barry Sheerman MP, Chair of the House of Commons’ Children, Schools and Families Select Committee. The session was entitled: “What makes a good teacher? An overview of teaching effectiveness research.” Attendees were addressed by three keynote speakers; Professor Patricia Broadfoot, Professor Mary James and Professor Deborah Myhill. After the presentations there was a sustained debate to which all were able to contribute.
- 29 Jan 2008
Scientists sought to help shape future of awarding
- Cambridge Assessment and OCR are recruiting professional biologists and sociologists to help them shape the future of grading examinations.
- 16 Jan 2008
‘Turn over your exam papers now’ - 1858 style
- Pupils at Bristol Grammar School experienced exams 1858 style on Tuesday 15 January. They took part in a special lesson to celebrate the anniversary of being one of the first schools in the country to sit exams from the 150-year-old University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, known as UCLES.