Assessment and Qualifications for a Modern, Inclusive Society

We’ll begin by asking Geoff to outline the Assessment and Qualifications parts of the (ASCL Blueprint published in October 21). We’ll then delve deeper into the issues with Geoff, Craig D’Cunha and Cath Sezen – with a focus on how education institutions can work in genuine collaboration to achieve an improved system.

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  • Catherine Sezen
    Catherine Sezen
    AoC Senior Policy Manager

    Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager FE, AoC

    Catherine joined AoC in June ‎2015 after working in further education for 14 years as a teacher and manager for 14-16 partnership provision including careers, LLDD foundation programmes, English and maths and was 14-19 strategic lead.

    Catherine is currently working on the implications of the Sainsbury review of technical education, Skills Plan, T Levels and the T level Transition Programme and qualification reform. Her work also involves a focus on Careers information, advice and guidance and English and maths as well as working on the impact of the pandemic on qualifcations.

  • Craig D'Cunha
    Craig D'Cunha
    Assistant CEO, Executive Headteacher: Active Learning Trust, Chantry Academy and LECA

    Assistant CEO and Executive Principal @ Chantry Academy and Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy.

    I am passionate about learning, determined to provide children with the education to which they are entitled, relentless about success and committed to aspirational education.

  • Geoff Barton
    Geoff Barton
    General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

    Geoff has appeared on more than one list of ‘most influential people in education’, and has built insights and influences over the years by listening to and supporting teachers, Headteachers and business leaders.

    His outward-facing approach to education is often seen as unique – shaped by multiple projects domestically, and in China, Iraq, Rwanda and with Apple in the USA. Geoff studied English and Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, then trained to teach at Leicester University. From 2002 to 2017 he was headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, a 11-18 school of 1650 students.

    He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and patron of the English & Media Centre. He was a longstanding member of ASCL Council, founding chair of its Pedagogy Committee, and a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He was elected as General Secretary of ASCL in April 2017.

    Since then he has been a pioneering figure in challenging, championing and supporting education through the Covid era, and always brings a unique perspective on the future of education.


22/10/2021 - 22/10/2022
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