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Stepping Stone: the future of the EBacc and student progression

Over a decade since its inception, AQi explores whether the EBacc curriculum is the right stepping stone to post-16 study and training for pupils in England.Read nowicon / report

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Assessment

Making up an exam: How does a question paper get made?

With this year’s exam season kicking off, AQi explores the processes that help create the final exam papers that end up on students’ desks.

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Computer science and on-screen assessment: Lessons for policymakers

Evaluating the barriers and benefits to on-screen assessment among AQA A-level Computer Science teachers.

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Assessment

A National Baccalaureate for England?

AQi looks at the National Baccalaureate Trust's recent proposals for introducing a national baccalaureate in England.

Assessment

A post-16 perspective on the EBacc

Eddie Playfair, Association of Colleges, provides a personal view of the education system, informed by decades of teaching and advising post-16 students.

Briefing

Bacc again: A policy briefing on baccalaureate curriculum models

What could a baccalaureate look like in England? AQi explores some of the options.

Briefing

On-screen Assessment in England’s Exam System

Exploring what on-screen assessment could mean for GCSE and A-Level students in England.

Assessment

What do teachers think of the EBacc?

Digging deeper into the views of secondary school teachers.

Levelling Up

Careers advice: Why is it important and how to improve it?

AQi looks at a recent report on careers advice in England and explores the challenges and opportunities for helping students find their right track.

Assessment

The role of assessment in meritocracy

A recent book on meritocracy highlights how it has always gone hand in hand with fair assessment.

Data Story

OECD 2012-2015: Barriers to academic participation

What is stopping the working population from levelling-up?

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EDI

Getting in and getting on: Encouraging students to aim high and succeed

Susie Whigham, CEO of The Brilliant Club, writes about supporting students to develop the skills and confidence to progress to university and succeed when they are there – crucial factors for social mobility.

Data Story

OECD 2019: Employment rate by birthplace and prior attainment

Evaluating the interaction between birthplace and attainment on employment trajectories.

Assessment

A New Era? NEU comments on the Independent Assessment Commission

The Independent Assessment Commission published its final report recently. Andy Case from the NEU explains their findings.

Assessment

High speed internet in all schools? A key ingredient for on-screen assessment

The government has announced that every school in England will have access to high speed internet. What does this mean for on-screen assessment?

Assessment

Open-book exams: what does the evidence say?

Amid debate around the merits of open-book exams, AQi examines some of the evidence.

Data Story

OECD 2019: Tertiary graduates by field

Business ranks first, followed by Healthcare and Engineering.

Levelling Up

The skills agenda: signs of what’s ahead

The progress of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill through Parliament is yielding lively debate on the future of skills policy.

Assessment

Can digital technology transform assessment practices?

The transformative power of digital technology in formative assessment

Data Story

OECD 2021: 20-24 year olds not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)

UK scores below the OECD average.

Creative Arts and 21st Century Skills

What are the benefits to studying the Creative Arts?

Assessment

Time to rethink the use of tiering in GCSEs?

What do students feel about being split into tiers for their GCSEs? Dr Rhian Barrance summarises her recent research.

Report

Stepping Stone: the future of the EBacc and student progression

Over a decade since its inception, AQi explores whether the EBacc curriculum is the right stepping stone to post-16 study and training for pupils in England.

Data Story

OECD 2020: Gender Imbalances in Tertiary Education

How does the UK compare to other countries?

EDI

Economics: Where are all the girls?

What can we do about the gender imbalance in Economics?

Assessment

Who is responsible for Digital Literacy?

With the rise of digital and on-screen assessment, how can students be prepared?

Data Story

Levelling Up: Over two thirds of the UK population have completed post-16 qualifications

The UK ranks 8th, ahead of many other countries.

Levelling Up

Levelling Up qualifications and assessment

What does the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper mean for qualifications and assessment?

EDI

How can History be made more diverse?

With growing scrutiny of history curricula, how can we make sure History doesn’t reinforce outdated views?

Assessment

How Hard is it to Learn Soft Skills?

Everyone agrees that soft skills are important, but what is the best way to assess them?

Levelling Up

Levelling Up the EBacc

A panel debate on the EBacc organised by AQi, the assessment and qualifications insight hub

Assessment

The SAT Goes Digital – A Sign of Things to Come?

One of the most famous exams in the world is going digital.

Assessment

Digital assessment: why we’re closer than we think

With continued technological development, it’s time to explore the potential of digital assessment in earnest.

Assessment

Accessing the curriculum at home

What lessons are there from Covid-19 that could benefit home education in future?

Assessment

What role is there for students in assessment and curriculum debate?

Should students and young people be involved in education debates? What value can they bring?

Levelling Up

Which students take degrees they’re overqualified for?

Could some students be at a more selective university or on a more financially rewarding degree? Stuart Campbell and Gill Wyness, UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities, explore.

Assessment

The 1963 Newsom Report – Looking back, and to the future

The lessons of education policy past for the present day

Data Story

Percentage of 2018/19 A-Level Entries graded A*-C by region

Further insight into the variation of A Level attainment by region

Assessment

Learning Loss: What is the evidence for extending the School Day?

Amid debate about extending the school day to address Covid disruption, AQi looks at the evidence

Assessment

Four key ingredients for a high-quality assessment

The top things to consider when writing assessments

Assessment

Qualifications and Assessments 2021 – Year in Review

After a second summer of exam cancellations, AQi speaks with education leaders to review the year

Data Story

Percentage of 2018/19 A-Level Entries graded A*-B by region

How does the percentage of A-Levels awarded A*-B vary by region?

Assessment

The complex case of Post-Qualification Admissions

Is technology the key to unlocking ‘post qualification’ reform to university admissions?

EDI

How to ensure diversity in English Literature?

How can we achieve a truly diverse curriculum for students of English Literature?

Assessment

Should students sit fewer GCSEs?

Amid debate about the 'right' number of GCSEs, AQi explores the pros and cons of sitting fewer GCSEs

Data Story

Percentage of 2018/19 A-Level Entries graded A*-A by region

An oversight into the variation of A Level attainment by region

Mental Health

Young Peoples’ Mental Health: Seven Key Facts

Evaluating the link between mental health, Covid-19 and KS4 assessment

Data Story

Provisional Entries into STEM A-Level Subjects, 2020/21

A regional comparison of differences in student uptake of STEM subjects based on 2020/21 provisional entries data

Assessment

Four Key Facts for the new Social Mobility Commission

After two years of disruption to examinations, what does the new Social Mobility Commission need to know about qualifications?

Levelling Up

What does levelling up mean for qualifications?

Jonathan Simons of Public First provides his view on the role of qualifications in the Government’s Levelling Up agenda

Briefing

Comparable Outcomes: Setting the standard?

What is the comparable outcomes framework, how does it underpin grade standards and are there alternatives?

Technology

How do schools feel about digitising examinations?

Four school leaders give us their views

Assessment

Accessible for All: How to make assessments fair?

Ruth Johnson, Senior Head of Assessment, examines the challenges in designing fair assessments and how we ensure the stories that assessments provide are the right ones

Assessment

Digital Assessment Now: A case study

In one part of the UK, digital assessment of the core curriculum is a reality

Briefing

Functional Skills Qualifications: The first decade

Ten years after they were launched, this briefing looks at the future of Functional Skills Qualifications and the levelling-up agenda

Assessment

Time to top-up? Rethinking Maths and English after 16

When young people with reformed GCSEs in Maths and English enter the labour market, how much will they remember?

Assessment

The Power of Public Education Data

Why Massachusetts makes its education data open to all

Technology

The theme to which all parties are finally turning their attention

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

Technology

Digitising a country’s examinations

How Finland moved from paper to digital

Assessment

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

Assessment

Could comparative judgement replace traditional exam marking?

There are rumblings of a revolution

Briefing

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

We look beyond the international league tables

Data Story

Maths: the UK’s PISA score has risen significantly

Matching the level of Germany, Norway and Finland

Timeline

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

Briefing

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?

Report

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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