British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2018

British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2018


Simon Child, Head of Assessment Training, Cambridge Assessment Network

Filio Constantinou, Research Officer, Cambridge Assessment

Tim Gill, Research Officer, Cambridge Assessment

Date: 11 - 13 Sep 2018 Venue: Northumbria University City Campus East, Business and Law Building, New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
Type: Conference

In 2018 the British Educational Research Association (BERA) went to Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne to host its 44th conference. BERA is a member-led charity which exists to enhance the field of study, the growth of public knowledge and critical understanding, and the application of findings for the improvement of educational policy and practice.

Like BERA, we believe that educational research plays a vital role in the continuous improvement of educational and assessment policies and practices. Each year the BERA conference provides a valuable opportunity for researchers to come together, to share their work and to discuss and debate across many educational themes. This year, we had three colleagues from Cambridge Assessment’s Research Division delivering insightful presentations.

Tuesday 11 September 13:40

Faster, higher, stronger? A comparison of content coverage and teacher pedagogy in Technical Awards and GCSEs in sport-related subjects, Simon Child and Sylvia Vitello 

Tuesday 11 September 16:20 

'That path won’t lead nowhere’: non-standard English in UK students’ writing over time, Filio Constantinou and Lucy Chambers 

Wednesday 12 September 16:30 

How have students and schools performed on the Progress 8 performance measure? Tim Gill

Research underpins everything we do across the Cambridge Assessment Group and we frequently publish our findings.  In 2016 we published the latest phase in the Variations in Aspects of Writing which has been carried out every 10 years since the 1980s, and explores changes in a range of aspects of students writing in the context of formal English examinations. Filio’s presentation at BERA 2018 was an extension of the 2016 report looking into the use of non-standard English features in UK students writing over a ten year period (2004-2014).

To find out more about the 2018 conference please visit the BERA website.

City Campus East, Business and Law Building, New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST