Welcome to AQi

Bringing together research, insight and ideas on assessment, qualifications and curriculum

Welcome to AQi.

We at AQA believe that educational assessment must meet the demands of economic and social change, driven in part by rapidly changing technologies, while maintaining reliability and public trust.

Navigating this complex environment requires high-quality analysis of the best evidence, and being open to testing diverse ideas and perspectives.

As an education charity, we have created AQi to bring together research and insight, argument and ideas, on assessment and qualifications - because we are acutely aware that high quality curriculum delivery is intimately bound up with excellent assessment.

AQi’s aim is to advance understanding of assessment, and to inform discussion and debate. We want to link research and its application to the real world, in the interests of students and teachers alike.

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Colin Hughes



What Next for GCSEs?

The past, present and future of GCSEsRead nowicon / report

The theme to which all parties are finally turning their attention

Thoughts from Colin Hughes, AQA CEO, following the party conferences

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Digitising a country’s examinations

How Finland moved from paper to digital


Why teacher assessment needs to be carefully assessed

Tom Richmond of EDSK compares notes with the primary sector

International Approaches

Finland: Going against the global trend

The country's success in zigging while others zag poses tough questions

Data Story

Differences by constituency of over 250% in GCSE Maths and English grade 5+results

A graphical demonstration of the educational challenges faced in levelling up

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Could comparative judgement replace traditional exam marking?

There are rumblings of a revolution


Singapore: where is the poster child of global education heading now?

We look beyond the international league tables

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Data Story

Maths: the UK’s PISA score has risen significantly

Matching the level of Germany, Norway and Finland


Qualification reform in England since 1950

A blast through the past of assessment

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Data Story

258% – Significant differences in the GCSE Maths and English results by Local Education Authority

Explore the data for your LEA


Finland: Educating the whole child

Making equality of opportunity the defining objective of a nation's educational strategy

Data Story

Science: ranked 14th by PISA, the UK is ahead of many European nations

Asian countries score most highly

International Approaches

Singapore: probably the best organised education system in the world

The city state takes a new direction

Vocational Education

Talking to students about T-Levels

What will it take to give T-Levels momentum?


What Next for GCSEs?

The past, present and future of GCSEs

Data Story

Reading: the UK’s PISA score is similar to the US and Australia

But behind Finland, Hong Kong and Singapore

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