This is something I have been incredibly excited about and resisted the urge to tweet or blog details throughout the summer… Until now!
On Saturday 28th May 2016 St Albans School will host a day of ideas sharing on the topic of Assessment and Feedback in Secondary Education. This area is one that is currently very much at the forefront of education; the conference will gather together a variety of speakers from both the state and independent sectors to present on and discuss the matter. To reflect the collegiate and collaborative nature of the day it will be called a “Forum on Education” and features a huge quantity of high quality sessions. There will be three keynotes over the course of the day and I am very excited to reveal the line-up for the St Albans School Forum on Education (SASFE):
Jill Berry @jillberry102 – Former Head Teacher, now an educational consultant with a particular focus on helping new and aspiring Heads will be speaking about using feedback in leadership.
Martin Robinson @SurrealAnarchy – Educationalist and author, interested in developing Teaching and Learning by building on the tradition of grammar, dialectic and rhetoric. Martin will be introducing SASFE and opening up the discussion.
Ian Yorston @IanYorston – Director of Digital Strategy at Radley College and author of The Unreasonable Man blog will be examining the impact of technology on assessment.
In addition to the three keynotes the day will feature three seminars, with a choice of different themes. The confirmed sessions are listed below and boasts an equally stellar cast:
- Dawn Cox @MissDCox – assessment in RE and beyond.
- Scott Crawford @srcbio and Ben Weston – assessment in Science and beyond.
- Nick Dennis @NickDennis – exploring the ‘testing effect’ to enable knowledge retention and deployment in the Key Stage 3 History classroom.
- Emerge Education @emergelab – two to three “start-ups” will present their innovative ideas and be available for questions and discussion throughout the day.
- Heather Fearn @HeatherBellaF – To be confirmed.
- Andy Ford @awgford – How do you get students to reflect on feedback when there is no time?
- Andy Gale @PocketMoneyTron – developing assessment for Key Stage Three Computing.
- Jennifer Hart @Miss_J_Hart – assessing student progress in lessons.
- Jessamy Hibberd @DrJessamy – will be providing programme notes on using feedback in mindfulness.
- Emma Kell @thosethatcan – using assessment and feedback in post-doctoral research.
- Cameron Palmer – assessment in MFL and beyond.
- Dave Payne – looking at whole-school assessment, specifically level marking in Humanities at Key Stage 5.
- Sam Pullan @MrSamPullan – using feedback in the performance management process.
- Mumta Sharma @mumta_sharma – assessing practical work in Science.
- Rob Tanner – developing a programme of assessment for the Higher and Extended Projects (HPQ and EPQ)
- Drew Thomson @mrthomson – using assessment and feedback in middle-management.
- …with more to be confirmed soon!
On the day itself a delightful array of refreshments and a sumptuous lunch will be provided. Although the conference is strictly not-for-profit there will be a small charge for tickets. This will cover the expenses of running the day only. The cost is just £30, representing phenomenal value for money.
Keep an eye out for more information soon