Nicky Rushton

Nicky Rushton

I have worked on a wide range of projects within the Research Division at Cambridge Assessment. Two of these have been particularly memorable - I was responsible for running the maths research during the GCSE redevelopment work; this involved answering many research questions within a very short space of time. Another memorable project has been the Aspects of Writing project; As part of this, I completed an analysis of candidates’ spelling errors in 2004, 2007 and 2014.

The majority of my recent research has focused on the comparability of examinations, with a focus on comparisons of international education systems. I maintain a database of comparability related research reports, and track the changes made to general qualifications (GCSEs and A Levels) as well as other aspects of the educational system in England. Recently I have also been involved in a project that investigated how examiners write question papers.

My first degree was a BEd from the University of Cambridge, and I spent two years working as a teacher in a first school in Newmarket. In 2003, I joined Cambridge Assessment, initially to write maths questions for an online mathematics product, then working in the team that produces the university admissions tests. Since joining the Research Division in 2009, I have completed my MEd at the Open University.

In my spare time, I like to spend as much time outdoors as possible. At weekends, I can usually be found walking, cycling or sailing. I also sing in the university choir.

Conference: Questioning Questions

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

We are hosting a one-day conference designed to stimulate debate about the importance of effective questioning.