Leadership in National Assessment

Leadership in National Assessment

Speakers: Experts in the field of education
Date: 16 - 20 Sep 2019 Venue: The Møller Centre Churchill College, Storey’s Way Cambridge CB3 0DE
Type: International course Fee: £4,250

The next Leadership in National Assessment will take place in 2021, exact dates to be confirmed. Please get in touch if you are interested in attending.

Leadership in National Assessment is a unique senior leadership programme for international education specialists and executives. 

This transformative opportunity brings you the chance to hear from a range of acclaimed experts about:

  • The role of large-scale assessment organisations and their place in the wider education context
  • The influence of evidenced based practice in informing policy
  • and frameworks for managing this complexity. 

This course is a great overview of the assessment industry around the world – its problems, challenges, trends and future directions. This type of knowledge is fundamental for someone leading a modern and open assessment agency.” Professor João Marôco, member of the Board of Directors of IAVE (the Portuguese Assessment Institute) and Associate Professor of Statistics at ISPA-IU)

Action learning sets ensure you are able to explore and discuss issues within your own context. The programme is delivered at, and supported by Møller Executive Education, Cambridge University.

A truly global programme, Leadership in National Assessment has seen delegates join us from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, United States, South Africa, Portugal, Indonesia, China, Spain, Bermuda and Oman.

The course provides unique access to experts and leaders in the field of education and educational policy. Last year, speakers included: 

Jonathan Simons, Director of Public First and formerly Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Varkey Foundation

David Russell, CEO of the Education and Training Foundation

Isabel Nisbet, Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge the first CEO of Ofqual, the UK exam regulator

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, PhD student at the London School of Economics and Research Assistant at the Centre for Economic Performance

Mike Mister, Partner at The Møller Institute, Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and formally Global Director for Executive Development at EY Global. 

Last year's course also included a special day themed around 'Anticipating the future of learning', which asked the question: 'How do we harness technology and the social change it brings in order to enhance learning?'

Key topics

  • Assessment, education and society
  • Trends in assessment
  • International bench-marking
  • System disruption and working with the media
  • National policy and embedding change

Who should attend?

This course is for you if you are a senior leader in an examination board, an academic with an advisory function, a policy maker or a ministry official. If you have responsibilities for the revision, planning and implementation of complex education reforms and systems you'll find the course particularly useful.

The course programme is built around interactive workshops and one-to-one discussions. You must therefore have a good level of English.

What you'll learn

  • New directions in examining and assessment worldwide.
  • The social and political context of assessment and how it affects interactions between officials, policy makers and advisers.
  • International benchmarking.
  • Strategic solutions to your own challenges.
  • Develop learning networks, share knowledge and expertise across a multinational group.

Take a look at last year's course overview.

How you'll learn

The course programme is designed around intensive discussion and practical workshops to help you put learning into practice. The lessons will be supported by the use of international comparisons to contextualise theory content.

The programme will include:

  • Presentations from guest speakers who are acclaimed experts in their field
  • Case studies to contextualise learning
  • Small group discussions on specific topics
  • 1:1 sessions with Cambridge experts

Cambridge Assessment specialists will lead the course with input from internationally-recognised education and assessment experts. All programme contributors are pragmatic and thoughtful specialists, with direct understanding of the realities of educational reform and development.

How much does it cost?

The course fee is £4,250 per person. The fee includes tuition, course materials, accommodation at the Møller Centre, lunch and some evening meals (see the Terms and Conditions).

Places are limited to enable high quality interaction and a good level of English is an absolute must.

Register your interest

Leadership in National Assessment will next run in 2021. If you would like to register your interest, please email thenetwork@cambridgeassessment.org.uk or call us on +44 (0)1223 553846. 

Churchill College, Storey’s Way Cambridge CB3 0DE

The Møller Centre

Leadership in National Assessment is held at the multi-award winning Møller Centre, part of Churchill College in the University of Cambridge.
Accommodation during the course is all provided at the Centre and is included in the course fee.

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Visa applications

If you're planning to join us in Cambridge for this course it’s a good idea to start the visa application process as soon as you can (as sometimes the process can take longer than stated). Information and guidance is available on the UK Government website. You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.