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  1. Leaning into a PISA world

    9 January 2013

    Sandra Johnson of Assessment Europe considers the impact of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment on national qualifications.

  2. Religion, values and assessment

    17 January 2013

    What is the purpose of religious education? Unlike other subjects taught in our schools, the answer to this question is fraught with political, moral and educational implications. Nigel Fancourt considers this quandary and what it means for RE assessment.

  3. London 2012: lessons and legacies

    5 March 2013

    The 2012 Olympics were hailed as an event that would a secure a health legacy for the nation by encouraging more people to take up sport. Mark Griffiths considers where school sport fits into this plan, and whether such a legacy can really be achieved without it.

  4. Education in action

    12 March 2013

    Grace Clifton considers the educational challenges facing children in military families.

  5. ‘Misspent youth’ should not mean a wasted life

    9 April 2013

    Prisoners are among the least-educated of our young people, and their ‘misspent youth’ can affect them for life. Jane Hurry examines ways of improving their prospects, including the vital role of better assessment.

  6. An analysis of the GCE A* grade

    Daniel Acquah

    The General Certificate of Education (GCE) A* grade was first awarded to students in 2010. It was introduced to assist higher education institutions in differentiating between the highest performing students and to promote and reward greater stretch and challenge....

  7. Halting the reform rollercoaster

    26 February 2013

    Widespread reforms are being proposed so rapidly that we may well be losing sight of what really matters in our education system says Brian Lightman.

  8. Valuing teacher judgement

    1 April 2014

    The public needs a better understanding of the role teachers play in assessment practice, says Val Klenowski.