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Podcast gallery

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Download podcasts of Cambridge Assessment seminars, interviews, and other events. As a leading world authority on assessment, we help to provide clarity on assessment through explanation, information and education. We produce audio podcasts of our seminars and other events. You can also hear interviews with guest speakers and key education experts from around the world.

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The rise of thinking skills in higher education and the workplace (18.2mb)

Both employers and higher education institutions are placing an increasing importance on thinking skills as part of their selection processes. But what do we mean by thinking skills, why are they so important, and how can individuals improve them? In this podcast we talk to Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics and James Westley, Group Leader at Cambridge Consultants.

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Are you testing or are you assessing? Exploring a holistic approach to assessment in schools (92.1mb)

This is the final instalment in a series of podcasts from Cambridge Assessment Network focusing on different aspects and forms of assessment. Today we are with Tony Emmerson, Senior Deputy Head at The English College in Prague and Mark Frazer, Teaching Learning and Assessment Lead at CEM to explore the differences between testing and assessment and how assessment data can be utilised in schools to support learning, particularly after the disruption of the pandemic.

Helping students manage anxiety in 2021 and beyond podcast

Helping students manage anxiety in 2021 and beyond (25.4Mb)


Summer 2021 looks a lot different for students compared to ‘normal’ years. Many will be feeling a mixture of emotions, including feelings of stress and anxiety around how their grades will be awarded this summer and how this will impact their future. Professor David Putwain has a PhD in stress and anxiety, and he offers practical tips on how to reduce and manage anxiety that will be useful for students, parents and their teachers, this year and beyond.

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Insights into the challenges and successes of assessment today (playlist)


This series of podcasts from Cambridge Assessment Network focuses on different forms and aspects of assessment, from professional learning in assessment to the assessment of apprentices and more. We have invited speakers from our community of assessment experts and policy influencers to provide insight into the challenges and successes in assessment today.

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Admissions tests: Discovering candidates with the most potential (24.8mb)

This is the fourth in a series of podcasts from Cambridge Assessment Network focusing on different aspects and forms of assessment. Today we are with Mike Housden, Senior Assessment Manager, Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing to discuss how admissions tests can be used to identify candidates with the most potential, give students an opportunity to demonstrate a core understanding of their subject and help prepare students for university education.

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How do we support the education sector through professional development? (35.4mb)

This is the third in a series of podcasts from Cambridge Assessment Network focusing on different aspects and forms of assessment. Today we are with David Russell, CEO from the Education and Training Foundation talking about professional development for teachers and trainers, the principles of effective CPD and how it can best be used to support the education sector.

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Transforming teaching practice through enhanced assessment expertise (39.3mb)


This is the second in a series of podcasts from Cambridge Assessment Network focusing on different aspects and forms of assessment. Today we are with Loic Menzies from the Centre for Education and Youth to speak about a report they released aiming to cast a light on what schools and teachers need to tackle the big challenges around assessment.

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Assessing apprenticeships with Cambridge Assessment Network (30.5mb)

This is the first in a series of podcasts from Cambridge Assessment Network focusing on different aspects and forms of assessments. For National Apprenticeship Week they are joined by Leo Webster and Callum Foley from NCFE to discuss how we assess apprenticeships, why we assess them and why they are an important route to qualification.

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Extracts from 'Examining the World' - a unique insight into the history of exams (playlist)

In this special series of short podcasts, we share a unique insight into the history of exams as Gillian Cooke from Cambridge Assessment's Archives & Heritage reads extracts from 'Examining the World: A History of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate'.

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Introducing the General Certificate of Education (2mb)


Introducing the General Certificate of Education - an extract from Chapter 3 of 'Examining the World: A History of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate', by Helen and John Patrick.

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The first Cambridge English exams (2mb)


The first Cambridge English exams - an extract from Chapter 5 of 'Examining the World: A History of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate', by Peter Falvey and Gillian Cooke.

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Premises to 1965 (2mb)


Premises to 1965 - an extract from Chapter 1 of 'Examining the World: A History of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate', by Elisabeth Leedham Green.