Cambridge Assessment Conference
21 Oct 2010
Challenges of assessment reform. Held at Robinson College

This conference addressed the challenges of assessment reform. What ensures its success? What undermines it? What lessons can we learn from reforms past and present? The event involved exceptional thinkers provoking cutting-edge debate.

Cambridge Assessment is the brand name of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, a department of the University of Cambridge.

Programme
10:00
Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment
Welcome and introductory remarks

10:15
Professor Paul Black, King’s College London
Keynote address: Problems with formative and summative assessment: can a theory of pedagogy help?

11:00
Refreshment break
11:19
Parallel discussion session A: ‘Governments come and go’ Educational reform and strategy in schools and colleges
Professor Jo-Anne Baird, University of Bristol

11:19
Parallel discussion session A: ‘Governments come and go’ Educational reform and strategy in schools and colleges
Professor Jannette Elwood, Queen’s University Belfast

11:20
Parallel discussion session A: ‘Governments come and go’ Educational reform and strategy in schools and colleges
Professor Jo-Anne Baird, University of Bristol Professor Jannette Elwood, Queen’s University Belfast

11:20
Parallel discussion session A: Qualifications, skills and employability: a peculiarly British obsession?
Dr. Geoff Hayward, University of Oxford

11:20
Parallel dicussion session B: Why teacher assessment is not enough
Professor Peter Tymms, University of Durham

11:20
Parallel discussion session B: Meeting the challenges of change in assessment systems: A Maltese perspective
Professor Frank Ventura, University of Malta

12:50
Questions and discussion: Parallel session B
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Panel discussion chaired by Mike Baker, former BBC Education Editor. Featuring:
Dr Mary Bousted, Association of Teachers and Lecturers Professor Richard Daugherty, Cardiff University Isabel Nisbet, Ofqual Lord Sutherland of Houndwood Delegates are invited to submit questions prior to the conference and questions will also be taken on the day. To submit a question please email us: thenetwork@cambridgeassessment.org.uk.

15:15
Refreshment break
15:35
Dr Philip Davies, Oxford Evidentia Limited
Hitting the target but missing the point

16:20
Tim Oates, Director, Assessment Research & Development, Cambridge Assessment
Closing remarks

16:30
Delegates' reaction