The latest thoughts, insight and ideas from both the AQi and a range of other sources. Get in touch if you have a viewpoint or research you think we should include.
The Birth of GCSEs: Four decades on, what were the reasons for GCSEs?
With the exam season nearing its end, Andrew Taylor, AQA’s Head of Mathematics, outlines the reasons why GCSEs were created.Read More
Making the grades – How does an exam turn into a qualification?
AQi considers how exam boards make sure that grades reflect the hard work and effort put in by students.Read More
What was education like when the Queen ascended to the throne in 1952?
For Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, AQA looks back on what education and exams were like in 1952.Read More
Journey of a script – What happens after students put their pens down?
What happens after an exam is finished? AQi explains how they are turned into grades, in a matter of weeks.Read More
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.Read More
A National Baccalaureate for England?
AQi looks at the National Baccalaureate Trust's recent proposals for introducing a national baccalaureate in England.Read More
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.Read More
What do teachers think of the EBacc?
Digging deeper into the views of secondary school teachers.Read More
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.Read More
The role of assessment in meritocracy
A recent book on meritocracy highlights how it has always gone hand in hand with fair assessment.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
Open-book exams: what does the evidence say?
Amid debate around the merits of open-book exams, AQi examines some of the evidence.Read More
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.Read More
Can digital technology transform assessment practices?
The transformative power of digital technology in formative assessmentRead More
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.Read More
Economics: Where are all the girls?
What can we do about the gender imbalance in Economics?Read More
Who is responsible for Digital Literacy?
With the rise of digital and on-screen assessment, how can students be prepared?Read More
Levelling Up qualifications and assessment
What does the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper mean for qualifications and assessment?Read More
How can History be made more diverse?
With growing scrutiny of history curricula, how can we make sure History doesn’t reinforce outdated views?Read More
How Hard is it to Learn Soft Skills?
Everyone agrees that soft skills are important, but what is the best way to assess them?Read More
Levelling Up the EBacc
A panel debate on the EBacc organised by AQi, the assessment and qualifications insight hubRead More
The SAT Goes Digital – A Sign of Things to Come?
One of the most famous exams in the world is going digital.Read More
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.Read More
Accessing the curriculum at home
What lessons are there from Covid-19 that could benefit home education in future?Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
The 1963 Newsom Report – Looking back, and to the future
The lessons of education policy past for the present dayRead More
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 evidenceRead More
Four key ingredients for a high-quality assessment
The top things to consider when writing assessmentsRead More
Qualifications and Assessments 2021 – Year in Review
After a second summer of exam cancellations, AQi speaks with education leaders to review the yearRead More
The complex case of Post-Qualification Admissions
Is technology the key to unlocking ‘post qualification’ reform to university admissions?Read More
How to ensure diversity in English Literature?
How can we achieve a truly diverse curriculum for English Literature?Read More
Should students sit fewer GCSEs?
Amid debate about the 'right' number of GCSEs, AQi explores the pros and cons of sitting fewer GCSEsRead More
Young Peoples’ Mental Health: Seven Key Facts
Evaluating the link between mental health, Covid-19 and KS4 assessmentRead More
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?Read More
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 agendaRead More
How do schools feel about digitising examinations?
Four school leaders give us their viewsRead More
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 onesRead More
Digital Assessment Now: A case study
In one part of the UK, digital assessment of the core curriculum is a realityRead More
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?Read More
The Power of Public Education Data
Why Massachusetts makes its education data open to allRead More
The theme to which all parties are finally turning their attention
Thoughts from Colin Hughes, AQA CEO, following the party conferencesRead More
Why teacher assessment needs to be carefully assessed
Tom Richmond of EDSK compares notes with the primary sectorRead More
Finland: Going against the global trend
The country's success in zigging while others zag poses tough questionsRead More
Could comparative judgement replace traditional exam marking?
There are rumblings of a revolutionRead More
Qualification reform in England since 1950
A blast through the past of assessmentScroll the Timeline
Singapore: probably the best organised education system in the world
The city state takes a new directionRead More
Talking to students about T-Levels
What will it take to give T-Levels momentum?Read More