The future of examinations in Britain
Starts at: February 23, 2012 08:00
Ends at: February 23, 2012 09:30
Policy seminar, with Professor Simon Gaskell, Principal, Queen Mary, University of London
Thursday 23 February
There is a paradox at the heart of our education and school qualifications system. English public examinations are highly respected and emulated in many countries. According to surveys, parents retain confidence in our qualifications but there is also a growing body of concern around the standards they demand. If standards are in decline, as some warn, that may threaten our national ambition for a fair and prosperous society. The issue of educational quality warrants our undivided attention, and we need to be prepared to consider radical change.
This seminar will consider the views of the HE sector on reform of the examinations system, focusing specifically on universities’ views as part of a series of five seminars we are holding on this theme with different stakeholders. We will bring together a high-level group of higher education leaders, awarding bodies and policymakers to examine the skills and knowledge that pupils require to enter and progress in the world of work, and consider the reasons for the perceived deficiencies in the current system and how they might be addressed. Pearson will table a paper of questions and ideas intended to start the conversation, which is available at www.leadingonstandards.com.
This event is invitation-only and is held in partnership with Pearson. Please contact Dale Bassett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.