Jo Ireland

Jo Ireland

Over the years I have worked on various comparability and validation projects at Cambridge Assessment, including the unique ‘Aspects of Writing’ research series. I also manage divisional data collection tools and machine marking of multiple-choice tests for the University of Cambridge.

I am currently working on a project to investigate teaching of practical cookery in secondary schools. The Assessment Research and Development division first explored this area in 2007, so it will be interesting to look at changes over the last decade.

I have an MA in Information and Library Management from Northumbria University and in my spare time, I enjoy yoga, playing piano, and going on outdoor adventures with my son.



Is the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in England incongruous in the light of other jurisdictions’ approaches to assessment?
Elliott, G., Rushton, N. and Ireland, J. (2017). Presented at the 18th annual AEA Europe conference, Prague, 9-11 November 2017.


Employers' views on assessment design in vocational qualifications: a preliminary study
Vitello, S., Carroll, P., Greatorex, J. and Ireland, J. (2016). Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Dublin, Ireland, 23-26 August 2016


Piloting a method for comparing examination question paper demands
Chambers, L., Greatorex, J., Constantinou, F. and Ireland, J. (2015) Paper presented at the AEA-Europe annual conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-7 November 2015
Linking instructional verbs from assessment criteria to mode of assessment
Greatorex, J., Ireland, J., Carroll, P. and Vitello. S. (2015) Paper presented at the Journal for Vocational Educational and Training (JVET) conference, Oxford, 3-5 July 2015


Do the questions from A and AS Level Economics exam papers elicit responses that reflect the intended construct?
Greatorex, J., Shaw, S., Hodson, P. and Ireland, J. (2013) Poster presented at British Education Research Association (BERA) conference, Brighton, 3-5 September 2013
Using scales of cognitive demand in a validation study of Cambridge International A and AS level Economics

Greatorex, J., Shaw, S., Hodson, P., Ireland, J. and Werno, M. (2013). Paper presented at British Education Studies Association conference, Swansea, 27-28 June 2013


Assessment Instruments over Time
Elliott, G., Black, B. Ireland, J., Gill, T., Bramley, T. Johnson, N. and Curcin, M. (2008) International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) Conference, Cambridge

Conference: Questioning Questions

young school girl with her hand in the air to answer a question

What are the best kind of questions to ask? #CamEdLive