Westminster Education Forum

Westminster Education Forum: the impact of COVID-19 on England's exam system

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Jill Duffy, Chief Executive, OCR

Date: 03 Mar 2021 Venue: Online
Time: 08:30 - 13:00
Type: Webinar Fee: £190 + VAT

OCR's Chief Executive, Jill Duffy, will be giving the opening keynote speech at the Westminster Education Forum on 3 March 2021, looking at lessons learnt from the 2020 exam season and identifying key priorities for moving forward. The seminar takes place following the UK Government's announcement that GCSE, A and AS Level exams will not go ahead this summer with grades to be awarded using a form of teacher assessment. It also follows the Ofqual consultation on the new arrangements alongside a consultation on arrangements for the awarding of vocational qualifications. The online seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss key issues and further options for the system and exam regulation going forward.

Sessions will include discussion on:

  • arrangements for awarding qualifications 2021, and lessons learnt from the impact of COVID-19 on the exam system
  • next steps in ensuring a high quality exam system that is accessible for all students
  • the future use of alternative summative assessment
  • latest thinking on opportunities for utilising technology.

Speaking alongside Jill at the seminar will be a number of assessment leaders, including:

  • Professor Sandra McNally, Director, Education and Skills Programme, Centre for Economic Performance and Director, Centre for Vocational Education Research, London School of Economics
  • Dale Bassett, Director, International and Curriculum Strategy, AQA
  • Rt Hon the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, former Shadow Spokesperson on Education
  • Dr Philip Wright, Director General, Joint Council for Qualifications
  • Dr Mary Richardson, Senior Lecturer (Assessment) and Associate Professor of Education, University College London Institute of Education
  • David Gallagher, Chief Executive, NCFE
  • Caroline Wright, Director General, BESA
  • Derek Richardson, Vice President, Pearson

Visit the Westminster Education Forum website to register to attend.

Information on support for schools and teachers though 2021  can be found on the OCR website.