Life after levels: developing models of assessment

Practical approaches to implementing a robust assessment system

Effectively measure, track and communicate pupil progress

The removal of level descriptors and the introduction of a new National Curriculum mean school leaders now have to decide how best to assess pupils’ progress in their schools. To support school leaders with their approach to assessment without levels, The Key is bringing together assessment experts and innovative primary and secondary school leaders to share effective assessment methods that are being implemented and tested across the country.

Our Life after Levels event will provide you with expert guidance and practical advice to help you tailor an appropriate assessment system that better meets the needs of your learners and the wider school community. Attending this conference will help to ensure you understand the challenges and can identify the critical steps required to embed a new system that will effectively measure, track and communicate pupil progress.

Attendees will:

  • Have the opportunity to attend 1-to-1 ‘surgery’ sessions with an experienced school inspector (place limited – book early)
  • Explore how different schools have successfully responded to the removal of levels and the models they have used
  • Gain a better understanding of the process involved in designing and implementing a new assessment system 
  • Take away a range of practical steps to ensure your assessment system is effective and robust 
  • Understand how to demonstrate the effectiveness of a new assessment system to an Ofsted inspector

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Katharine Bailey, director of applied research, Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University
  • Andrew Read, director, UK Education Research and Innovation (UKERI)
  • David Didau, education blogger, The Learning Spy
  • David Driscoll, lead inspector and senior partner, Philips and Leslie Education Consultants, and associate education expert, The Key
  • Michael Tidd, deputy headteacher, Edgewood Primary School, Nottinghamshire
  • Tony Staneff, vice principal, Trinity Academy Halifax (selected by the Department for Education’s Assessment Innovation Fund in May 2014) 
  • Danny Doyle, deputy headteacher, St Hubert’s Primary School, Sandwell
  • Steve Walters, acting principal, St Peters’ Collegiate School, Wolverhampton
  • Bernie Davies, deputy headteacher, St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Hereford

1-to-1 expert

David Driscoll, Life after levels: developing models of assessment. Find out more.

David Driscoll is one of the most experienced school inspectors in the country, and trains new lead inspectors to carry out Ofsted inspections. Dave now provides advice and training to schools, as well as acting as a consultant to national and international bodies.

David Driscoll is also an associate education expert for The Key and has contributed to many articles on our services. He has spoken at our previous Life after Levels conferences.

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