Launch of the Cambridge Approach to Textbooks textbooks students

Tim Oates CBE - Group Director of Assessment Research and Development

Professor David Lambert - Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, University of London

Dr Debbie Morgan - Director of Primary, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)

Fei Chen Lee - Times Publishing, Singapore

Jane Mann - Director Education Reform, Cambridge University Press

Lis Tribe - Managing Director, Hodder Education Group

Lord Jim Knight - TES

Bron Duly - Lead Educationalist, RM Books

Date: 28 Apr 2016 Venue: One Great George Street 1 Great George Street London SW1P 3AA
Time: 09:00 - 12:45
Type: Seminar event Fee: Free

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On 28 April 2016 Tim Oates CBE, Group Director for Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, launched the Cambridge Approach to Textbooks. This set of principles is in direct response to his identification of "England’s need to restore the primacy of ‘real’ textbooks worldwide". This follows on from the 'Cambridge Assessment Approach to Assessment' published in 2009.

The publication follows the need identified in the paper Mr Oates delivered at the November 2014 Publishers Association Conference. ‘Why Textbooks Count’, with a foreword by Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb MP, looked at the best systems around the world. In his speech Oates warned that England had been overtaken by the highest-performing education systems, partly because they value textbooks so highly. The paper claimed that classroom teachers are not to blame for the problem; instead it highlighted an opposition to textbooks among many theory-based educationalists, as well as a failure of the market in England. Tim explained that textbooks have been largely abandoned in favour of the use of ‘worksheets’ and “myopic" exam-based books, in stark contrast to places such as Singapore, Finland and Shanghai, where high-quality textbooks are a key part of the classroom, supporting learners and teachers alike.


09:00 - 09:30    


09:30 - 09:45    

Welcome from the Chair, Bene't Steinberg, Group Director Public Affairs, Cambridge Assessment

What is the importance of books? Historical context, Professor David Lambert

09:45 - 10:10    

An international context - panel discussion with Fei Chen Lee and Dr Debbie Morgan

10:10 - 10:25    

The Cambridge Approach: principles for designing high-quality textbooks and resource materials - Tim Oates CBE

10:25 - 11:05    

The current playing field in the eyes of the publishers - panel discussion with Jane Mann, Lis Tribe, Lord Jim Knight and Bron Duly

11:05 - 11:45    

Debate and closing remarks

11:45 - 12:45    


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Tim presented the Cambridge Approach to Textbooks live from Westminster, London on the morning of Thursday 28 April 2016. He was joined by leading experts in the field to help depict how the role of textbooks and allied learning resources has developed here in the UK and internationally. This will be accompanied by discussion and debate with the attending senior education experts and online, via a live-streamed video. 

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