The Chartered College have kindly sent me through all the presentations from Saturday’s Third Space event at Bristol, and as there has been some interest from those that follow this blog in more of the content, I am putting those presentations that I thought were interesting here.

The talk by Stuart Kime I have put with the earlier post in this series, and the one from Nikki Booth is already embedded with the post before this one.

The other talks of real note and interest included:

  • A discussion by Sarah Earle from Bath Spa University and Kerry-Anne Barber from a school in South Gloucestershire on the TAPS model of assessment. TAPS stands for Teacher Assessment of Primary Science, and is an innovative and child-centred way of making assessment in science real and relevant for children’s learning.
  • A discussion on the nature of the validity and reliability of testing by Frances Brill and Jane Nicholas from the NFER, which gave us the opportunity both to follow the process of test design that has value for schools AND the chance to wrestle with developing a test question for ourselves, thus proving that NFER are worth all the money that they are paid, and then some.
  • Sue Timmis from the Graduate School of Education at Bristol presented a very challenging talk on whether technology can transform educational assessment, whether it can do so ethically, and whether we should let it. This presentation contains some excellent arguments about why we should be highly circumspect about the assumptions that lie behind the use of extensive pupil data for assessment.

There were other talks that ran parallel to Nikki’s talk, and in the afternoon, but these are the ones that are likely to have the longer term impact on us as a school and on me as an educator.

Looking back across a week where I have been doing training (9.5 hours) and receiving training (8.5 hours), these presentations have remained strongly in my mind, and in particular material from Nikki Booth’s talk has been used in two of the training presentations I have done this week for NQTs and those training to be coaches.

Part of the reason has been the level of common purpose that was shown by all attending on Saturday, and the confidence that that gives me as a teacher that the Chartered College will be a substantial force in balancing the teaching landscape. Long may it live!




About Huw Humphreys

I am a headteacher by profession, now working as an educational researcher, in the city of Milton Keynes, where I have been since April 2011. My work looks to make education effective for the whole child and keeps a distant relationship with the powers that be and their narrowing approach to education... but most of all I am looking to find out what it means to be both a follower of Jesus Christ and a passionate educator in the midst of an unsettled community. I am also a part time musician, amateur printmaker, part time linguist and lover of history and literature...committed both to freedom to learn and depth of learning for children. The views on this blog are all my own.

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