Overview

21 Jan, 20219:15 am-4:00 pm
Online Conference

This Exams and Qualifications event provides an opportunity to better understand the recent changes to the English exams system including curriculum specifications and qualifications and assessment changes to help you effectively prepare pupils for the Summer 2021 exam season.

This Exams and Qualifications event provides an opportunity to better understand the recent changes to the English exams system including curriculum specifications and qualifications and assessment changes to help you effectively prepare pupils for the Summer 2021 exam season. This event will act as an in depth look into the future of the English exam and qualification system in light of the developments as a result of COVID-19, and consider the longer-term impact for pupils who will have taken exams in 2020 and 2021, particularly as this relates to post-16 and post-18 pathways.

Exam boards, including OCR and Pearson, will provide the latest updates for exams that will take place from June 2021, as announced in October 2020, as well as share insights into future developments, alongside the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. In addition, schools featured in the DfE’s coronavirus teaching guidance will share how they have effectively adapted to the impact of 2020, and how they are preparing for the forthcoming exam season.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Key Speakers

Sylke Scheiner photo
Sylke Scheiner
Director of Assessment
OCR
Sharon Hague photo
Sharon Hague
Senior Vice President, UK Schools
Pearson
Dr Philip Wright photo
Dr Philip Wright
Director General
Joint Council for Qualifications
Peter Derrick photo
Peter Derrick
Head of Service Delivery (Operations)
UCAS
Senior Representative photo
Senior Representative
Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA)
Dr Mary Richardson photo
Dr Mary Richardson
Senior Lecturer in Education (Assessment)
Institute of Education, UCL

Other Speakers

Loraine Lynch-Kelly photo
Loraine Lynch-Kelly
Vice Principal
Saint Martin’s Catholic Academy

Agenda

9:15 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers.

A short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:45 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr Mary Richardson
Dr Mary Richardson
Senior Lecturer in Education (Assessment)
Institute of Education, UCL
Confirmed
10:00 am
Department for Education Update: Outlining Plans for the Future of the English Exam System
  • Outlining how the 2020 exam season, including upcoming autumn resits will impact on plans for 2021, and outlining what exams in 2021 may look like as a result
  • Exploring the implications of COVID-19 and understanding the curriculum changes required for teaching and learning through this academic year, and the likely longevity of these changes
  • Considering the relationship between the disadvantage gap and the 2020 exam results, and discussing the work that the DfE is doing to try to close and reverse the damage caused by the pandemic

This session will include time for questions. 

The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP
The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP
Minister of State for School Standards
Department for Education
Invited
10:25 am
Ofqual Guidance Update: Improving the Assessment Experience for Schools and Pupils following COVID-19
  • Sharing lessons learned from the 2020 exam season, and what provisions are being put in place to mitigate a similar situation in 2021
  • Advising schools on how they can align with exam boards to prepare for summer exams in accordance with the consultation of proposed changes, including what subject content is focused on, and how this differs at KS4 and KS5
  • Understanding what the latest changes mean for technical and vocational qualifications, as well as general qualifications

This session will include time for questions.

Michelle Meadows
Michelle Meadows
Deputy Chief Regulator
Ofqual
Invited
10:50 am
Supporting Schools through Assessment Changes
  • Offering advice for teachers, school and college leaders and examiners on how to adapt their skills and update expertise in line with the latest assessment requirements
  • Exploring how the CIEA Professional Framework can help staff effectively plan for internal assessments and the upcoming exam season, while developing their own competencies
  • Effectively supporting KS4 and KS5 pupils to plan for the next steps according to 2020 exam results and likely outcomes for 2021

This session will include time for questions.

Senior Representative
Senior Representative
Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA)
Confirmed
11:10 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:30 am
Exam Board Update: OCR

In this session, key updates will be shared for teachers and leaders around planned changes for summer 2021 exams including new specifications and approaches to assessment, as well as subject advisor support resources.

Sylke Scheiner
Sylke Scheiner
Director of Assessment
OCR
Confirmed
11:40 am
Exam Board Update: AQA

In this session, the key themes of the AQA preparation for 2021 exams programme will be explored, including Fundamental Skills, Learning Gap and Rediscover Learning. In addition, the latest plans for the summer exam season will be shared.

Roderic Gillespie
Roderic Gillespie
Interim Deputy CEO and Director of Qualifications and Markets
AQA
Invited
11:50 am
Exam Board Update: Pearson

In this session, updates will be shared for BTEC, GCSE and A-Level assessments for 2021, in light of outcomes in the 2020 exam season. Advice will be given for schools and colleges on how best to prepare pupils, and ensure staff are up to date on the latest exam requirements.

Sharon Hague
Sharon Hague
Senior Vice President, UK Schools
Pearson
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Comparing National Plans: Welsh Exam Board Update

This session will explore the approach taken to 2020 and 2021 exam amendments and compare and contrast this to the approach taken in England. Lessons learned and successful takeaways will be shared for school leaders and teachers to adapt to their school’s approach to assessments.

Elaine Carlile
Elaine Carlile
Director of Qualifications, Assessment and Responsible Officer
WJEC
Invited
12:10 pm
Live Interactive Panel Discussion: Analysing the Latest Exams and Qualifications Updates
  • How can we ensure the 2021 exam season provides a more supportive environment for staff and pupils following the confusion around 2020?
  • What will the long-term impact be for pupils with 2020 and 2021 qualifications?
  • How will grade boundaries for GCSE and A-Level exams be affected for 2021 exams?
Sylke Scheiner
Sylke Scheiner
Director of Assessment
OCR
Confirmed
Sharon Hague
Sharon Hague
Senior Vice President, UK Schools
Pearson
Confirmed
Roderic Gillespie
Roderic Gillespie
Interim Deputy CEO and Director of Qualifications and Markets
AQA
Invited
Elaine Carlile
Elaine Carlile
Director of Qualifications, Assessment and Responsible Officer
WJEC
Invited
12:40 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

1:40 pm
Keynote: Exploring the Next Steps for Qualifications Following COVID-19
  • Outlining the key takeaways from the 2020 exam season, with inputs from a wide range of awarding bodies, and understanding how bureaucracy will be reduced for summer 2021 and how grading will be approached
  • Emphasising the importance of the autumn 2020 resits, and the impact these will have had on pupils’ future opportunities
  • Reflecting on how exam boards developed contingency plans for exams as a result of COVID-19, and considering opportunities for teachers and school leaders to provide feedback and inputs on any future developments

This session will include time for questions. 

Dr Philip Wright
Dr Philip Wright
Director General
Joint Council for Qualifications
Confirmed
2:05 pm
Special Keynote: The Impact of COVID-19 on Entry to Higher Education
  • Examining university entry data for 2020, and how this compared to recent trends
  • Highlighting how the disadvantage gap relates to post-18 pathways, how COVID-19 has impacted this, and what more can be done to ensure fair and equal access to higher education
  • Sharing the latest advice for school staff supporting students with applications for 2021, and discussing contingency plans in place to mitigate against another lockdown period during a key time for pupils and students

This session will include time for questions. 

Peter Derrick
Peter Derrick
Head of Service Delivery (Operations)
UCAS
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Interactive Live Peer Discussion: How Can You Better Support Pupils to Prepare for 2021 Exams?

In virtual discussion groups, this session will provide the opportunity for you to discuss with peers the approaches taken in your education setting in recent months to overcome the challenges of COVID-19, and re-align teaching and learning approaches with the latest assessments needs.

Reflecting on the updates provided throughout the day, you can begin to strategise how to further enhance and adapt the support that staff are providing for pupils ahead of the 2021 exam season.

2:50 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

This session will also allow you to continue discussions from the previous peer discussion.

3:10 pm
How to Effectively Prepare Pupils for Exams with Reduced Contact Time
  • Sharing lessons learned from amended approaches to teaching and learning through 2020, and into 2021, for pupils across KS3-4: What worked well, and what could be done differently
  • Providing examples of adapting the curriculum to the COVID-19 era, such as re-arranging the ordering of modules to hold some back for when staff can connect with pupils in the classroom, and how this aligns with delivering a knowledge-rich curriculum
  • Considering the exam preparation that can be done remotely, and how to fit this in with a blended learning approach

The approach of this academy was featured in the DfE’s Guidance – ‘Examples of teaching practice during coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

 

This session will include time for questions.

Loraine Lynch-Kelly
Loraine Lynch-Kelly
Vice Principal
Saint Martin’s Catholic Academy
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Top Tips for Identifying Pupils’ Learning Needs Through Assessments
  • Sharing a successful approach to auditing pupils’ home learning through curriculum maps and utilising findings to plan a blended learning approach
  • Conducting formative assessments rather than large scale baseline assessments to identify learning gaps so that patterns can be found to help teachers support the largest number of pupils
  • Exploring how internal assessments are informing tailored support for pupils ahead of 2021 exams

The approach of this academy was featured in the DfE’s Guidance – ‘Examples of teaching practice during coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

 

This session will include time for questions.

Sallie Stanton
Sallie Stanton
Director of Education
Bedford Free School
Invited
3:50 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

Audience

This Forum will bring together senior leaders from Secondary Schools and Sixth Forms and Further Education Settings. Typical job titles will include:

 

  • Headteachers
  • Principals
  • Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • Vice Principals
  • Directors of Teaching and Learning
  • Directors of Key Stage Achievement
  • Directors and Heads of Curriculum and Assessment
  • Directors of Studies
  • Heads of Sixth Form
  • Heads of Year
  • Heads of Subject
  • Faculty Leaders
  • Academic Directors
This Forum is also open to the wider public and private sectors to encourage networking and debate. 

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or enquiries@insidegovernment.co.uk.

Venue

London