Key Points
  • Exploring the impact of GCSE and A Level reform to effectively support students and teachers
  • Navigating T Levels successfully to prepare schools for the delivery of the new qualification
  • Adopting whole-school approaches to support the wellbeing of students and teachers
  • Identifying priority students to protect vulnerable learners through exam reforms
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Overview
  • (Chair) Tim Oates CBE, Group Director of Assessment Research and development, Cambridge Assessment
  • Rowan Foster, Director of Research, IFF Research
  • Jonathan Bland, Headteacher, The Stanway School *2017 SEND Award – Most Inclusive Practice Across a School*
  • Sarah-Jane Jaggard, SENDCO, The Stanway School

Since the beginning of exam reforms in 2017, schools have been hit by a 17% rise in exam costs, student and teacher overall wellbeing has sunk to an all-time low and the introduction of the new T-Levels has recently entered the first stage of roll out.

Westminster Insight’s timely School Exam Reform Half-Day Forum will feature contributions from trailblazing education providers, third sector organisations and governmental bodies on how to navigate the challenges presented by exam reform to deliver outstanding outcomes for students, support staff and student wellbeing and drive school performance.

Our Protecting Vulnerable Students session will feature The Stanway School (2017 SEND Award Winner for Most Inclusive Practice Across a School). Headteacher Jonathan Bland will discuss how to overcome funding cuts to access arrangements and mitigate the impact of a narrowing curriculum to ensure the success of all students.

Attend this event to hear from DfE commissioned researchers on the current roll out of T Levels, including what schools should be preparing for. Learn from one of the highest performing education providers in the UK to understand how best to drive academic success at GCSE and A Level.

Gain insight from wellbeing experts and leading education practitioners on empowering students to self-regulate their mental health and wellbeing. Network with education providers from across the UK to gain best practice on achieving outstanding lifelong outcomes for students.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair and Westminster Insight Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Tim Oates CBE Director of Assessment Research and Development Cambridge Assessment & Member of the Ofsted Curriculum Advisory Group

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09:10 - 09:50
Keynote Address: Reviewing GCSE and A Level reform to evaluate outcomes and determine next steps

 
  • Reviewing the national picture: how have student results been impacted two years into reform? 
  • Outlining current progress in the rolling out of exam reforms for GCSE, A Levels
  • Identifying the drivers of exam reform to clarify the proposed future direction of post-16 education in the UK
  • Discussing cuts to further education funding to understand its impact on the quality of education, teacher workload and staff retention
  • Exploring the value of IGCSEs and GCSEs to evaluate the impact of reforms for public and private education providers

    Questions and Discussions: 09:40 – 09:50 

09:50 - 10:20
Navigating the introduction of T Levels effectively to successfully deliver the new qualification

 
  • Investigating the format, content and expectations of T Levels to meet the needs of tomorrow’s workforce
  • Exploring the challenges and achievements of the current roll out of T Levels to identify lessons learned
  • Discussing the motivations and challenges of employers offering work-based learning opportunities to engage employers effectively
  • Reviewing the proposed roll out of T Levels to provide clarity for education providers and employers 

    Questions and Discussions: 10:10 – 10:20

Speakers

Rowan Foster Director of Research, IFF Research

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10:20 - 10:50
Attainment, Curriculum and Teaching: navigating increased pressures to perform

 
  • Reviewing the impact of increased pressures to perform to better support students and teachers
  • empowering teachers to plan active and creative lessons to reduce further narrowing of the curriculum
  • Evaluating the value of high-stake testing to understand its impact on pupil wellbeing and overall understanding of course 

    Questions and Discussions: 10:40 – 10:50 

10:50 - 11:20
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:20 - 12:00
Panel Discussion: Empowering students to navigate the challenges of exam reforms to personal wellbeing

 
  • Mitigating the impact of a reduction in coursework, limited points of examination and an increase in time students are under examination
  • Delivering a whole-school approach to provide holistic support for all students
  • Developing and delivering wellbeing resources to empower students to self-regulate their mental health
  • Creating safe spaces for teachers and pastoral staff to support the wellbeing of students

12:00 - 12:30
Protecting vulnerable students through exam reform to ensure the success of all students

 
  • Exploring the impact of reforms on the most vulnerable to identify students to prioritise
  • Overcoming funding cuts to access arrangements to increase the attainment of vulnerable students
  • Creating safe spaces and interventions for teachers and pastoral staff to support the wellbeing of vulnerable students
  • Supporting students disadvantaged from a shift away from vocational qualifications to mitigate the impact of a narrowing curriculum

    Questions and Discussions: 12:20 – 12:30

Speakers

Jonathon Bland Headteacher, The Stanway School *2017 SEND Award – Most Inclusive Practice Across a School*

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Sarah-Jane Jaggard SENDCO, The Stanway School

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12:30 - 13:00
Supporting teachers to deliver the curriculum, encourage wellbeing and improve staff retention

 
  • Exploring the changes to the curriculum to successfully support teachers to deliver new content, implement new exam techniques and manage workloads
  • Providing continued professional development (CPD) opportunities to continually increase teacher subject knowledge 
  • Building a supportive school culture to build teacher confidence in delivering a new curriculum

    Questions and Discussions: 12:50 – 13:00

13:00 - 13:30
Case Study: Navigating exam reforms effectively to achieve outstanding outcomes for students

 
  • Exploring the achievements of one the highest performing education providers in the UK to demonstrate best practice during exam reforms
  • Overcoming the challenges presented by exam reforms to achieve excellent attainment outcomes for students
  • Implementing effective strategies and initiatives to prepare students for lifelong learning and careers 

    Questions and Discussions: 13:20 – 13:30 


13:30 - 13:35
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Closing Remarks

 

13:35 - 13:35
Close of Forum

 

End

Speakers

Jonathon Bland Headteacher, The Stanway School *2017 SEND Award – Most Inclusive Practice Across a School*

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Rowan Foster Director of Research, IFF Research

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Sarah-Jane Jaggard SENDCO, The Stanway School

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Tim Oates CBE Director of Assessment Research and Development Cambridge Assessment & Member of the Ofsted Curriculum Advisory Group

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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