While the Syndicate remains the governing body for Cambridge Assessment, it has delegated its powers to the Press and Assessment Board (PAB) which began operating formally in June 2017. The PAB, chaired by the University’s Chief Financial Officer, Anthony Odgers, is responsible for setting overarching strategic direction, agreeing major investment decisions, as well as maximising value and impact through better alignment of Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press with each other and with the academic University.
In March 2018 we marked the fantastic progress of the Cambridge Mathematics Framework, a cross-University collaboration which aims to reimagine maths education from three to 19
And indeed collaboration continues to grow, a good example being in the world of English language learning. Cambridge Exams Publishing, a joint initiative between the Group and the Press to develop official preparation materials for Cambridge English Qualifications, celebrated its sixth year of operation, showing strong growth.
Another example is the Education World Forum (pictured above), the world’s largest gathering of education and skills ministers which was held in London in January 2018. Cambridge International, Cambridge English and Cambridge University Press supported the event as a platinum partner under the over-arching Cambridge brand. It was a tribute to the importance of this event that England’s then newly appointed Education Secretary Damian Hinds chose it to give his first speech since taking up the role. His talk hailed the potential of technology to cut teacher workload.
In March 2018 we marked the halfway point in the development of the Cambridge Mathematics Framework. The project, a cross-University collaboration involving the Faculties of Maths and Education, Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment, aims to reimagine mathematics education from three to 19, using a transparent, collaborative and evidence-led process. To mark the milestone, we held a symposium at the British Academy in London (pictured top of page) at which dozens of representatives from the maths community heard how the project has made “fantastic progress”. Three key themes linked to the development of the Framework were addressed at the symposium – curriculum, digital and assessment – with a number of the speakers joining from abroad via video link.
Elsewhere, we teamed up with researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education to analyse the effectiveness of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which is run by experts from across Cambridge Assessment. The analysis found that Teaching Your Subject in English – a free course for secondary school subject teachers who deliver lessons in English but do not have it as their first language – has positive effects on learning.
Meanwhile, the Master’s-level qualification in educational assessment and examinations which we offer in partnership with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education goes from strength to strength. Now in its fourth year, the Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment and Examinations was studied in 2017–18 by nearly 50 educational professionals.
Cambridge English, Cambridge International, Cambridge University Press and the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education are also continuing to collaborate on education reform projects in for example Kazakhstan and Oman, working together as a coherent partner to help countries improve their education systems.
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