Key Points
  • Adaptations to 2022 exam content, structure and supportive information
  • Effectively preparing teachers and students for the 2022 exam season
  • Understanding grading to ensure fairness and reliability this year and between different cohorts
  • Developing national, local and individual student contingency plans for if exams cannot go ahead as planned
  • Addressing the attainment gap and making sure provisions are made for those with additional needs
  • Lessons learnt from the pandemic and creating a fair and equitable assessment system going forward


Overview
Speakers Include:

  • Morning Chair: Dr. Tina Isaacs, Honorary Associate Professor in Educational Assessment, Institute of Education, University College London
  • Afternoon Chair: Dr Mary Richardson, Associate Professor for Educational Assessment, Institute of Education, University College London
  • Dr Philip Wright, Director General, Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)
  • Jugjit Chima, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Examinations Officers
  • Salsabil Elmegri, Vice President, Further Education, National Union of Students (NUS)
  • Sally Dicketts, Chief Executive, Activate Learning and President, Association of Colleges
  • Derek Richardson, Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson UK
  • John Cope, Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs, UCAS
  • Bill Watkin, CEO, Sixth Form College’s Association
  • David Gallagher, Chief Executive, NCFE
  • Patrick Craven, Director of Policy and Quality, City & Guilds
  • Beth Linklater, Assistant Principal, Queen Mary's College, and Further Education Representative, UCAS Council
  • David Allison, Co-Founder, GetMyFirstJob Limited
  • Joanne Harper, Chief Executive Officer, Activate Learning Education Trust
  • Sonia Blandford, CEO, Achievement for All

    After two years of disruption, students studying A and AS levels, GCSEs and vocational and technical qualifications are expected to sit exams and other formal assessments in 2022.

    Join Westminster Insight’s Conference to review the considerable adaptations made to the 2022 exam season to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Learn how the exam boards will be tailoring assessments to account for missed schooling for students in years 11 and 13.

    Schools, colleges and training providers will share insight on how to prepare teachers, exam officers and students for the upcoming assessments.

    Put your questions to our expert panel about ensuring students most disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including children with SEND and those from disadvantaged backgrounds can still excel in this academic year.

    Leading colleges, universities and employers will share their decision-making processes to accept young people to ensure that they are not unfairly penalised due to the disruption they have faced during the pandemic.

    You will learn how to develop contingency plans for scenarios where exams cannot be held locally or nationally, or where individual students are unable to sit exams due to illness or self-isolation.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to help navigate the exams system within your educational institution, to protect the long-term interests of young people.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:30
Morning Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Tina Isaacs Honorary Associate Professor in Educational Assessment, Institute of Education, University College London

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09:30 - 10:00
Keynote Address: Changes to Exams and Assessments in 2022

 
  • Adaptations to exams and assessments to account for the 2021/22 cohort’s disruption to education
  • Grading 2022 exams to ensure fairness across different cohorts
  • Contingency plans in case it does not prove possible for exams to go ahead safely and fairly
  • What schools and colleges can do to prepare for 2022 exams
  • Re-establishing confidence in the exams and assessment system
9:50 - 10:00 - Questions and Discussion

10:00 - 10:40
Panel Discussion: Exam Boards

 
  • Delivering a choice of topics beyond a common core on which students would answer questions in the exams
  • Providing advance information about the focus of the exam content
  • Changes to practical aspects of assessments or fieldwork in subjects such as art, science and geography
  • The use of subject specific supportive information and formulae sheets
  • Sequencing the 2022 exam season
10:30 - 10:40 Questions and Discussion

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Patrick Craven Director of Policy and Quality, City & Guilds UK

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David Gallagher Chief Executive Officer, NCFE

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Derek Richardson Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson UK

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Philip Wright Director General, Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

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10:40 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 11:40
Panel Discussion: Educational Institution’s Practical Preparations for 2022 GCSEs, A Levels and VTQs

 
  • Challenges and opportunities presented by the changes to exams and assessments
  • Effectively preparing teachers and students for the 2022 exam season 
  • Adapting curriculums and focusing remaining teaching and revision time based on the content of exams 
  • Developing contingency plans for if the exams are unable to go ahead as planned
11:30 -11:40 Questions and Discussion

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Beth Linklater Beth Linklater, Assistant Principal, Queen Mary's College, and Further Education Representative, UCAS Council

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Joanne Harper Chief Executive Officer, Activate Learning Education Trust

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Bill Watkin CEO, Sixth Form College’s Association

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11:40 - 12:20
Panel Discussion: The Impact on Universities, Further Education and Employer’s Selection Decisions

 
  • Issuing clear guidance to ensure institutions and employers understand the difference between cohorts when making selection decisions 
  • Accounting for the wider factors that have impacted young people and taking a flexible approach to qualifications 
  • Building further support and opportunities for learning into the early part of jobs, degrees, apprenticeships and other routes 
  • Ensuring students are not penalised for the impact of the pandemic
12:10 - 12:20 Questions and Discussion

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John Cope Director, Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs, UCAS

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David Allison Co-Founder, GetMyFirstJob Limited

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Sally Dicketts President, Association of Colleges

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12:20 - 13:20
Lunch

 

13:20 - 13:30
Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Mary Richardson Associate Professor for Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education

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13:30 - 14:00
2021/2022 Cohort Student Perspectives on the Upcoming Exams and Assessments

 
Hear from students preparing for 2022 assessments about the challenges they are facing and what can best help support them to achieve the grades they need

13:50 - 14:00 Questions and Discussion

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Salsabil Elmegri Vice President, Further Education, National Union of Students (NUS)

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14:00 - 14:30
Challenges for The Exams Officer in 2022

 
  • Re-establishing the importance of the role and developing positive working relationships across the school 
  • Incorporating Covid regulations into exams
  • Preparing for JCQ inspections
  • Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special considerations 
  • Ensuring effective malpractice policies and procedures 
  • Recruiting, training and managing invigilators
14:20 - 14:30 Questions and Discussion

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Jugjit Chima Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Examinations Officers

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14:30 - 15:00
Preparing Those Disproportionately Disadvantaged by the Pandemic

 
  • Reviewing the impact of missed education for students with low attainment levels, socio-economical disadvantages, SEND and English as a second language
  • Maximising the use of recovery premium funding to narrow the attainment gap before exams 
  • Exam access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and the role of the SENDCo
  • Managing special considerations 
  • Concerns for social mobility on exam outcomes
14:50 - 15:00 Questions and Discussion

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Professor Sonia Blandford Plymouth Marjon

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15:00 - 15:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

David Allison Co-Founder, GetMyFirstJob Limited

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Professor Sonia Blandford Plymouth Marjon

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Jugjit Chima Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Examinations Officers

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John Cope Director, Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs, UCAS

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Patrick Craven Director of Policy and Quality, City & Guilds UK

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Sally Dicketts President, Association of Colleges

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Salsabil Elmegri Vice President, Further Education, National Union of Students (NUS)

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David Gallagher Chief Executive Officer, NCFE

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Joanne Harper Chief Executive Officer, Activate Learning Education Trust

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Tina Isaacs Honorary Associate Professor in Educational Assessment, Institute of Education, University College London

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Beth Linklater Beth Linklater, Assistant Principal, Queen Mary's College, and Further Education Representative, UCAS Council

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Derek Richardson Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson UK

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Dr Mary Richardson Associate Professor for Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education

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Bill Watkin CEO, Sixth Form College’s Association

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Philip Wright Director General, Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

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