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Seven principles for a fair and relevant assessment system

Ruth Dann. In my contribution to last week’s IOE Debate asking ‘What if… we designed our school testing and assessment system from scratch?‘ I distilled what I think are 7 key principles that might help us shape our examination and

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Testing times: how can we build a system that will assess what we value?

IOE Events. In response to the many criticisms levelled at England’s testing and assessment system, from its effects on children’s mental health to its impact on their learning, for our latest IOE debate we posed the question What if… we

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Hot off the press: the IOE debates series for 2018/19

IOE Events. Last year we launched our new flagship events programme, which includes our much- loved debates series What if…? radical and inspiring ideas for alternative education futures. Through this series we bring together prominent speakers on education issues –

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We could end exam distress by removing the root cause: exams

John White The anxiety generated by school examinations is well-known. Responses to a Guardian call-out in May for views on the new GCSEs produced ‘an outpouring that was overwhelmingly – although not exclusively – negative. The more extreme responses included

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Life after levels: is the new Year 6 maths test changing the way teachers teach?

Melanie Ehren.  Earlier this month (5 July), the Department for Education published the results of the Key Stage 2 test for 10 and 11-year-olds. The publication was awaited with more anxiety than usual as this year’s test was the first one on

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