Tony Leech

Tony Leech

Tony Leech

I am a Research Officer at ARD. I was previously a Research Assistant at OCR. During that time, I worked on, among other things, a large multifaceted programme of research into the usability of comparative judgement methods for awarding and investigated core assessment models for OCR qualifications, the impact of changes to the assessment of practical science and the future landscape for OCR's post-16 vocational and technical qualifications.

I am interested in a broad range of assessment, policy and curriculum issues, including the future of assessment, the place of vocational and technical qualifications in learners’ programmes of study, access to higher education and social mobility. I have worked on literature summaries, experimental studies, survey-based research and data analysis, and have written and presented for a variety of internal and external audiences. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods.

I have a BA and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, specialising in politics, and previously worked in legal market research. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outside, political campaigning, reading speculative fiction and playing the guitar poorly.

Publications

2020

Does comparative judgement of scripts provide an effective means of maintaining standards in mathematics?
Benton, T., Hughes, S., and Leech, T. (2020). Does comparative judgement of scripts provide an effective means of maintaining standards in mathematics? Cambridge Assessment Research Report. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Assessment.
Comparing the simplified pairs method of standard maintaining to statistical equating
Benton, T., Cunningham, E., Hughes, S., and Leech, T. (2020). Comparing the simplified pairs method of standard maintaining to statistical equating. Cambridge Assessment Research Report. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Assessment.

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