Key Points
  • Exploring the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown measures on students, schools and exams
  • Reviewing how schools and educators are responding to exam cancellations
  • Delivering effective and balanced recovery curriculum to get student learning back on track
  • Supporting student learning through lockdown measures via remote and blended learning
  • Empowering disadvantaged students to shrink attainment gaps and support social mobility
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Overview
Expert Speakers Include:

  • Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Minister for Schools, UK Parliament
  • Dr Mary Richardson, Associate Professor for Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education
  • Derek Richardson, Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson UK
  • Patrick Craven, Director of Policy, Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds
  • Tim Martin, Headteacher, Wheatley Park School
  • Tricia McCartney, Associate Senior Leader, School 21
  • Margaret Farragher, Director of Education, CCEA
  • Darren Northcott, National Official for Education, NASUWT
  • Paul Finnis, Chief Executive, Learning Foundation
  • Julie Nelson, Senior Research Manager, NFER
  • Thahmina Begum, Head of School, Forest Gate Community School
  • Rosalind Goates, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, Social Mobility Foundation
  • Mark Turner, Head of Academy, Skipton Girls’ High School
  • Emma Fuller, Senior Advisor for Teaching and Learning, Cambridge County Council


With the recent government announcement to cancel GCSEs and A levels and lockdown measures resuming, the implementation of recovery curriculums and the delivery of remote education remains a priority for schools across England remains mission critical.

Westminster Insight’s GCSE and A-Levels Assessments Digital Conference will feature contributions from exam boards and school leaders on how we can collectively boost student’s learning ahead of 2021 summer assessments and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on student outcomes.

Explore how schools across the UK are mitigating disruptions to learning to enable positive and enriched learning experiences for students. Learn from a leading local authority on the impact of lockdown measures on vocational courses and the future of assessments.

This event will also share how other educational organisations are utilising blended and remote learning to reduce attainment gaps. Hear from EdTech Demonstrator schools on how to effectively integrate digital technologies which support student learning.

The event will also explore the challenges and solutions to supporting vulnerable students including SEND, disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and low attainment.

Join us and gain access to best practice in designing and delivering balanced recovery curriculums – curriculums which result in outstanding attainment outcomes, while maintaining a ‘love of learning’ culture and support for student wellbeing.

Agenda
Start

09:15 - 09:30
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Mary Richardson Associate Professor for Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education

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09:30 - 10:10
Keynote Address: What Should COVID-19 Schools Recovery Look Like?

 
  • Exploring the wide-ranging impact of COVID-19 on schools, staff, students and assessments
  • Understanding how schools and educators have responded to exam cancellations
  •  Reviewing DfE’s key expectations for schools and alternative settings for the 2020 to 2021 academic year
10:00 – 10:10 Questions and Discussions

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Wes Streeting MP Shadow Minister for Schools, UK Parliament

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10:10 - 11:10
Panel Discussion: Mitigating Disruptions to 2021 Exams, Results and the Future of Assessments in the UK

 
  • Discussing the potential risks to exams identified at a national, local and individual student level
  • Exploring the impact of cancelled 2021 GCSE and A-level exams on students, schools and outcomes
  • Assessing the challenges and national’s capacity to deliver fair and consistent results by Autumn 2021
  • Exploring the impact of missed instructional time on coursework and vocational exams including BTEC and T Levels
  • Reviewing whether centre-assessed grading has the potential to become a defining feature of the future of UK assessments
  • Discussing whether teacher capacity and wellbeing has effectively factored into contingency planning

Speakers

Darren Northcott National Official for Education, NASUWT

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Margaret Farragher Director of Education, CCEA

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Patrick Craven Director of Policy, Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds UK

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Derek Richardson Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson UK

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11:00 - 11:30
Break

 

11:30 - 12:00
Case Study: Delivering Effective and Balanced Recovery Curriculums

 
  • Delivering a balanced recovery curriculum to achieve assessment outcomes for students while maintaining broad enriching learning experiences
  • Implementing regular formative assessments to monitor knowledge gaps and inform curriculum reprioritisation strategies
  • Ensuring recovery curriculums help to support a ‘love of learning’, compliment student wellbeing and reduce anxiety towards upcoming assessments

11:50 – 12:00 Questions and Discussions

Speakers

Thahmina Begum Head of School, Forest Gate Community School

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12:00 - 12:45
Panel Discussion: The Impact of Attainment Gaps and Concerns for Social Mobility on Assessment Outcomes

 
  • Exploring the disproportionate impact school closures and remote learning has had on attainment levels, social mobility and student wellbeing 
  • Reviewing the impact of school closures and missed instructional time for students with various needs including those with low attainment levels, socio-economically disadvantaged, SEND, English as a second language and CYPs in high risk categories 
  • Widening access to digital resources and parental support to prevent disadvantages pupils falling behind 
  • Maximising the use of the coronavirus catch-up premium to effectively bridge knowledge gaps and get student learning back on track

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Rosalind Goates Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, Social Mobility Foundation/Department for Opportunities

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Julie Nelson Senior Research Manager, NFER

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12:45 - 13:30
Break

 

13:30 - 14:15
Case Study: An Innovative Approach to Enriching Learning and Delivering on Assessment Outcomes

 
  • Leveraging opportunities presented by the COVID19 pandemic to reimagine education practices and drive greater impact and value for pupils
  • Utilising pre-recorded lessons and teacher explanations to close knowledge gaps, support “back on track” learning, enable learning at a personal pace, involve parents in the learning experience
14:00 – 14:15 Questions and Discussion

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Tricia McCartney Associate Senior Leader, School 21

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14:15 - 15:15
Panel Discussion: Mitigating the Impact of Self Isolation and School Closures Through Blended and Remote Learning

 
  • Utilising technology to deliver enriched curriculums and support student learning ahead of 2021 assessments
  • Considering how blended and remote learning could impact assessment outcomes for vulnerable CYPs
  • Exploring strategies to integrate remote education into school curriculum planning long-term
  • Tailoring remote learning to increase level of engagement and ensure pupils with additional needs are catered for
  • Discussing challenges and solutions for collaborating with parents to facilitate learning in home environments and efforts to shrink knowledge gaps ahead of 2021 assessments

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Tim Martin Headteacher, Wheatley Park School

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Emma Fuller Senior Advisor for Teaching and Learning, Cambridge County Council

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Paul Finnis Chief Executive, Learning Foundation

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Mark Turner Head of Academy, Skipton Girls' High School

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15:15 - 15:25
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Mary Richardson Associate Professor for Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education

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End

Speakers

Thahmina Begum Head of School, Forest Gate Community School

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Patrick Craven Director of Policy, Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds UK

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Margaret Farragher Director of Education, CCEA

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Paul Finnis Chief Executive, Learning Foundation

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Emma Fuller Senior Advisor for Teaching and Learning, Cambridge County Council

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Rosalind Goates Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, Social Mobility Foundation/Department for Opportunities

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Tim Martin Headteacher, Wheatley Park School

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Tricia McCartney Associate Senior Leader, School 21

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Julie Nelson Senior Research Manager, NFER

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Darren Northcott National Official for Education, NASUWT

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Derek Richardson Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson UK

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Dr Mary Richardson Associate Professor for Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education

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Wes Streeting MP Shadow Minister for Schools, UK Parliament

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Mark Turner Head of Academy, Skipton Girls' High School

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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