Rethinking Assessment – recognising all the strengths of a young person

Monday 22 February 2021, 5:30 – 7:00 via Zoom

The pandemic is causing countries across the world to cancel or modify exams. But in truth there has been a growing belief that there is something wrong with our examinations and assessment system. Headteachers, teachers, students, parents, and businesses are now raising big issues about how we can do things better in the future.

With a wide range of educators, Professor Bill Lucas has created a new movement, Rethinking Assessment, to come up with alternatives which better recognise the strengths of all young people. In this session he will give an overview of practices from across the world and discuss with us the ways in which we can learn from them.

To join this free Education Café®, please follow this link.

The event will begin with a short presentation from Prof. Lucas, to be followed by a conversation with STE team member Colin Johnson. Depending on numbers participating we will then either break into Zoom chat rooms for group discussion, or remain as a single group. There will be a closing plenary session in which Prof. Lucas will take questions.

  • Opening presentation by Prof. Bill Lucas (University of Winchester) – 10 min
  • Conversation between Prof. Lucas and Colin Johnson (STE) -15 min
  • Group discussion – 30 min
  • Q&A with Prof. Lucas – until approx 7:00pm

Bill Lucas is Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, a role he combines with advising organisations across the world and being a strategic adviser for the new 2021 PISA Test of Creative Thinking. 

Colin Johnson is an honorary research fellow at Cardiff University and an international consultant in public engagement.