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  • Dennis Sherwood: The broken school exam system needs an upgrade

    10 October 2020

    The consequences from this year’s Great Grading Disaster continue to rumble on. Many students still feel damaged as a result of the ‘internal moderation’ exercised by their schools before their ‘centre assessment grades’ were submitted, hence the petition that, although rejected by the Department for Education (DfE), will be debated…

  • Dennis Sherwood: Why ‘exams as usual’ are a bad idea

    15 September 2020 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood. Dennis has reporting for HEPI on this years A-level exams since March and the A-level system long before that! It’s not all over yet This summer’s exam fiasco is rapidly fading from the headlines, and the deadline, 17 September 2020, for appeals…

  • Hindsight is a wonderful thing: Ofqual, gradings and appeals by Dennis Sherwood

    23 July 2020 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood, who has been tracking the goings on at Ofqual in relation to this year’s public exam results for HEPI. Whenever I hear that cliché, I shudder: its purpose – especially when used by a politician – is to deflect attention from a…

  • How to be ‘innovative’ in school exam assessment – fewer grades

    16 January 2021 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog by Dennis Sherwood considers the latest twists in school and college pupils’ assessments for 2021. Ofqual’s newly-appointed Chief Regulator, Simon Lebus, recently stated his commitment to ‘supporting “innovation” in assessment’. Now that that school exams have been cancelled in England, there is an opportunity for him to do just that. …

  • Secondary school grading inaccuracy: what are the implications for the humanities?

    6 January 2021 by Gabriel Roberts

    As the Government confirms ‘we will not be asking students to sit GCSE and A Levels’ in 2021 and while we all await further details, the HEPI blog considers the (in)accuracy of the regular grading process. This blog has been kindly contributed by Gabriel Roberts, an English teacher at a…

  • TOP OF THE BLOGS 2020: What a year!

    23 December 2020 by Michael Natzler

    Phew. Time to take a breather. 2020 has been a rollercoaster and this blog marks our last of the year. In January, perhaps we were tempting fate when we answered ‘How accurate were predictions for higher education in 2020?’ Little did we know that the Valentine’s Day reshuffle (bringing in…

  • What is the right age to begin academic selection? 11? 14? 16? 18? Never?

    30 November 2020

    In my seven years at HEPI, the most controversial paper we have issued – by some distance – is a piece on academic publishing. It argued for a National Licence scheme, which would have given everyone in the UK free and legal access to current and past academic output that might…

  • School exams don’t have to be fair – that’s official

    19 November 2020 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog was contributed by Dennis Sherwood who has previously written about A levels. At the Education Select Committee hearing on 2 September, Ofqual’s Chief Regulator, Dame Glenys Stacey, acknowledged that exam grades are ‘reliable to one grade either way’. Two weeks later, at the hearing on 16 September, Gavin…

  • The exams catastrophe: 16 questions that must still be answered

    2 September 2020 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog is the latest in a series by Dennis Sherwood, who has been tracking the 2020 results fiasco for HEPI. On Wednesday 10 June 2020, Dr Michelle Meadows, Ofqual’s Executive Director for Strategy, Risk and Research, and Sally Collier, at that time, but no longer, Ofqual’s Chief Regulator, appeared before the Education…

  • WEEKEND READING: How might Ofqual have avoided this turmoil?

    22 August 2020 by John Craven

    This blog was kindly contributed by John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, the award-winning social mobility charity that works in partnership with universities to support the progression of disadvantaged students into highly skilled jobs. You can find John on Twitter @upReachJCraven . Ofqual were set a nearly impossible task: Provide students with…