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The Four Pillars of Great Assessment: Reliability – the Staffroom

24th November 2017

This article is the third in the series presented by Evidence Based Education, creators of Assessment Academy. In previous articles we looked at fitness for purpose and validity of judgements and conclusions. In this article, we turn our focus to reliability. What is a reliable assessment? Have you ever weighed yourself in the morning, and then again in…

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The Four Pillars of Great Assessment: Validity – the Staffroom

24th November 2017

This article is the second in a series presented by Evidence Based Education, creators of Assessment Academy. The blog series explores the four pillars of great assessment: purpose, validity, reliability and value. There is no such thing as a valid assessment! Validity is perhaps the most commonly-used word in discussions about the quality of any assessment. While…

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The Four Pillars of Great Assessment: Purpose – the Staffroom

24th November 2017

This article is the first in a series presented by Evidence Based Education and explores the four pillars of great assessment: purpose, validity, reliability and value.   The importance of purpose We live in an information age, at a time when the quantity of information in our lives often outweighs the quality of it. Assessments used to…

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Apprenticeships fall by 59% after levy introduced – the Staffroom

24th November 2017

The number of workers starting apprenticeships has fallen by 59% since the government introduced an apprenticeship levy earlier this year. Companies have to pay a 0.5% levy on their annual pay bill, but only if it’s over £3m, with the money going into a digital account that can be spent on training and assessing apprentices….

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What does the Autumn Budget 2017 mean for Education? – the Staffroom

23rd November 2017

On the back of a gloomy economic forecast in his Autumn Budget speech the Chancellor Philip Hammond made the following pledges for the education and skills sector: Maths GCSE’s and A Levels £49 million will go towards helping students resitting GCSE maths. With £8.5 million for ‘innovative approaches to improve GCSE maths resit outcomes’. In…

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Autumn Budget 2017 – Philip Hammond’s Speech – the Staffroom

22nd November 2017

 The Budget speech in full delivered on 22 November 2017. Mr Deputy Speaker I report today on an economy that continues to grow, continues to create more jobs than ever before and continues to confound those who seek to talk it down. An economy set on a path to a new relationship with our European neighbours…

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New report highlights the HE sector’s commitment to teaching excellence – the Staffroom

22nd November 2017

A new data-rich trends analysis Evidencing Teaching Excellence: Analysis of Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) Provider Submissions, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), has been released. Among the headlines, the report highlights that the strongest submissions – ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ – articulated a clear institutional identity and a coherent educational philosophy, with a whole institutional approach to developing,…

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New OECD PISA Research finds girls better than boys at working together to solve problems – the Staffroom

21st November 2017

Girls are much better than boys at working together to solve problems, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of collaborative problem solving. Some 125,000 15-year-olds in 52 countries and economies took part in the test, which analyses for the first time how well students work together as a group, their attitudes towards collaboration and the…

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21st Century Apprenticeships for North of England Youth: Are they working? By Stephen Lambert

21st November 2017

LAST AUTUMN the Government launched its industrial strategy, with new look apprenticeships, at Gateshead College in the north of England. The then skills minster, Robert Halfon, announced an extra £170m funding for Institutes of Technology, which could involve an upgrading of further education colleges in the North. Both Gateshead College and nearby Bishop Auckland, both…

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Fairer Fees – An Overview – Sutton Trust – the Staffroom

20th November 2017

Report Overview Analysis from London Economics for the Sutton Trust shows that the reforms to student finance introduced in October will reduce student loan repayments for graduates by £8,000. However, the report raises concern that these changes do not go far enough to tackle the problems of high student debt and its consequences for both…

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