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5 key takeaways: The future of assessment

24 November 2021

Last week, our Chief Strategy Officer Philip Le Feuvre was invited to speak on a panel of experts at the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition, discussing the hot topic of ‘What’s the future of assessment?’

A wealth of experience and insight came out of the session which was hosted by Eddie Playfair (Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges), and where Philip was joined by Anne Murdoch (Senior Adviser College Leadership, Association of School and College Leaders, ASCL), James Lloyd (Head of Policy & Public Affairs, AQA) and Hayley Dalton (Head of Vocational Design and Research, Pearson).

Philip Le Feuvre at the AoC Annual Conference

NCFE's Chief Strategy Officer Philip Le Feuvre participating in the ‘What’s the future of assessment?’ panel session.

So – just in case you missed it – here, we’re sharing our 5 key takeaways on the future of assessment:

  1. Evolution, not revolution

After the disruption of the past few years, our teachers and learners need stability. Incremental changes to the assessment system can mean smoother implementation, more support from teachers, and can help to forge long-term acceptance of new ways of assessing learners.

  1. Evidence-based changes

As stated by the Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi in his keynote speech, our approach to education should be built upon facts and data. We must ensure that changes are evidence-based, and that they’ll create a more beneficial system for all.

  1. A fair and inclusive approach

No matter their background or ability, we want all learners to succeed. Changes to the education system must therefore be inclusive of everyone, with an assessment system that reflects what learners can do as opposed to what they can’t.

  1. Innovation is all around

Innovation can come from anywhere. With technology and education now permanently intertwined, we shouldn’t be afraid to try or get things wrong. At NCFE, we’ve fostered an environment of an innovative safe space, including a £1m Assessment Innovation fund.

  1. Collaboration is key

Agreed by all panellists was the sentiment that if we don’t work together, we risk disadvantaging learners. Whilst we may have different approaches, we all have the same end goal – to help learners flourish and continue their learning journey. A collaborative approach across the board is key to achieving this.

Philip Le Feurvre speaking at the AoC Annual Conference

NCFE's Chief Strategy Officer Philip Le Feuvre speaking at the AoC Annual Conference