Building expertise in assessment

14 October 2015

A ground breaking course for leaders in educational assessment was held recently in Cambridge.

The Leadership in National Assessment course welcomed 14 leaders from countries as diverse as the Bahamas, Indonesia, Swaziland and Portugal, who found they had far more in common than not, as they compared and contrasted issues around assessment and education. 

The wide-ranging programme embraced current issues including international surveys, such as PISA and TIMSS, the role and impact of assessment in society and the day-to-day job of leading an assessment agency. The course aims to expand delegates’ understanding of system management and equip them with the knowledge to implement complex education reforms in their national contexts. 

"The course was very informative and useful in sharing ideas and experiences especially from participants as they represent different education systems. I gained the knowledge of the importance of assessment data and how useful it is for shaping the future of learning. I have recently moved from an assessment department to curriculum and the course will help me apply the same principles to my new institution," said Sultan Mohammed Al Kindi of the Ministry of Education, Oman.

Each delegate was matched with a Cambridge Assessment staff member for one-to-one in-depth discussions on issues pertinent to delegates’ contexts. Despite the content-intense week, delegates found time for a candle-lit college dinner, a visit to a local school and even a tour of Ely Cathedral. You can view course photos on the Network Flickr page. 

The 2016 'Leadership in National Assessment' programme will be held from 19-23 September 2016 and you can register online here.