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    It's exam-only assessment that has led us to this mess. If A levels and GCSEs had included an element of coursework or teacher assessment, we would have been in a very different position come results day 2020, says John Dunford. READ Sir John Dunford's article in the TES.

    Returning the teacher and the student to the centre of assessment. By Andrew Flory, CIEA Trustee. READ THE ARTICLE.

    Grade expectations: summer 2020. As students and teachers nervously anticipate the publication of GCE A level and GCSE results in mid-August, Mick Walker, CIEA Vice Chair, warns that expectations that teachers’ estimated grades will be universally achieved may need tempering. The distinct possibility of further disruption to teaching and examinations in 2021 requires the development of a viable contingency, but also offers the opportunity to re-establish the role of teachers in high stakes assessments and raise their professional status. However, this will require improved professional knowledge of assessment and the establishment of a robust standardised approach to non-examination based assessment. READ THE ARTICLE.

    Covid-19 could result in long-term change to educational assessment in the UK, but is the teaching profession up to it?  Mick Walker, CIEA Vice Chair, considers the effects the Covid-19 pandemic on the award of qualifications in summer 2020. READ THE ARTICLE.

    Covid-19: Homeschooling and what it means for education. CIEA Trustee Dr Joanna Goodman considers the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on education; the issues schools, students and parents are facing and the potentially far reaching benefits which may result. READ THE ARTICLE.

    The future of the exams system: Moving to a more valid and reliable system. Former CIEA Chair, Sir John Dunford, discusses the future of the UK exam system and suggests we use the unique situation we find ourselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to “develop a better system of examinations that does not rely entirely on end-assessment and which uses high-quality moderated teacher judgements in ways that increase both the validity and reliability of the grades achieved by the students.” READ THE ARTICLE

    A look at T Levels. Having worked on developing the content of T Levels in Education and Childcare, CIEA Trustee Dr Joanna Goodman explain these new vocational qualifications. READ THE ARTICLE.

    The Future of Education. CIEA Trustee Dr Joanna Goodman contemplates the challenges of 21st century education. READ THE ARTICLE.