Blogs on 'Future of Education'

Keeping track of changes to the education and exam system in England

by Nicky Rushton, 15 March 2022
Students taking notes in class

There are so many changes to education that it can be difficult to keep track of them all or remember what they were about. In this blog, Nicky Rushton talks about the Register of Change and the latest additions to it covering the effects of COVΙD-19 on schooling, general qualifications and vocational and technical qualifications.

What do you mean ‘personalised learning’?

by Guest Blogger, 10 March 2022
Birds eye view of person walking in a maze
As part of our SHAPE Education initiative, Cambridge University Press & Assessment is hosting monthly ‘SHAPE Live’ debates with experts on the future of education. On Tuesday, 1 March we discussed how, as educators and an education system, we can personalise learning. Brendan Wightman, secondary digital publishing lead (English) at Cambridge University Press & Assessment, reflects on the recent event.

Does giving advance notice disadvantage lower-attaining students?

by Tom Bramley, 07 February 2022
Student taking exam
All examinations contain a mix of questions that vary in how they discriminate between student ability. Providing advance information (an intervention that is intended to make certain questions on an examination easier) will affect the difficulty of questions in different ways. Tom Bramley, Director of the Research Division, asks whether providing advance information could benefit some students more than others.

What is competence? A shared interpretation of competence to support teaching, learning and assessment

by Sylvia Vitello & Jackie Greatorex, 26 January 2022
Woodwork student being observed by a teacher while working at a machine, wearing protective goggles and ear defenders
A new research report published by Cambridge University Press & Assessment explores what we mean by competence. Two of three authors, Sylvia Vitello and Jackie Greatorex, explain the background to the report, what’s in it, and why clarity about what competence means is so important.

Diary insights into teaching during lockdown

by Martin Johnson, 24 December 2021
Teacher holding a diary dated 2021
We recently reported on our research that catalogued in detail the experiences of 15 teachers based in England from diaries they were asked to keep during the first half of 2021. This blog describes how the research team set about collecting the data and sets out some of the insights the teachers provided.

SHAPE Live: What should we be asking instead of ‘What do you want to be when you grow up’?

by Dan Hutchinson, 15 October 2021
young girl wearing a toy crown looking through a homemade telescope
As part of our SHAPE Education initiative, we’re hosting monthly debates with experts on the future of education. This month we discussed how, as educators and an education system, we can prepare students to thrive in the future world. Dan Hutchinson, Proposition Director, Higher Education & Adult at Cambridge University Press ELT reflects on the recent event.

SHAPE Education: How will school-age students be learning and using English in 20 years’ time?

by Guest Blogger, 22 September 2021
Infographic of What is the future of English language teaching in schools?
What is the future of English language teaching in schools? What do we need to do to support the future of English language education? Who decides on the curriculum? Read a summary of the discussions in this final part in our series of blogs reflecting on the week-long SHAPE Education: The Future of Schools event.

What can we remove from education? SHAPE debates the seeds for innovation and the future of education

by Guest Blogger, 26 May 2021
two young girls looking at flowers in a garden

As part of our SHAPE Education initiative, we’re hosting monthly debates with educational experts on the future of education. This month we asked 'What can we remove from education?' and discussed how we can learn from the way the educational landscape has changed in the last year in relation to the attainment and wellbeing of learners.