Research library

Browse and search the library of research carried out by the Centre for Education Research and Practice, covering a wide range of topics across education and assessment.

  1. Setting the grade standards in the first year of the new GCSEs

    William Pointer

    Reformed GCSEs in English, English Literature and Mathematics are being introduced for first teaching from September 2015 with the first examinations in summer 2017. Other subjects are being reformed to start the following year with first examinations in summer 2018....

  2. Developing grade descriptions for the new GCSEs: considerations and challenges

    Stuart Cadwallader

    Grade descriptions are to be developed for the new GCSE qualifications that will be first taught from September 2015 (Ofqual, 2014). This paper discusses the potential role of grade descriptions in the new qualifications by exploring their purpose and the issues which impact on their effectiveness....

  3. Who is the specialist? The effect of specialisms on the marking reliability of an English literature examination

    Claire Whitehouse

    The effect of examiner specialisms on marking reliability is an under-researched topic. This report explores the topic using multilevel modelling of mark remark data from quality monitoring samples....

  4. Challenges and opportunities for vocational education and training in the light of Raising the Participation Age

    Daniel Acquah

    By 2015, all young people must participate in some form of education and training until they are aged 18. This review discusses the challenges and opportunities involved if vocational education and training is to contribute to this raising of the participation age....

  5. Using the theory of planned behaviour to understand students' subject choices in post-compulsory education

    Rachel Taylor

    In recent years, there have been concerns in the UK regarding the uptake of particular subjects in post-compulsory education....

  6. The Achieved Weightings of Assessment Objectives as a Source of Validity Evidence

    Neil Stringer

    In its proposed framework for validating Ofqual-regulated assessments, Ofqual identifies four key areas of evidence on which validity arguments should be based. One key area is the alignment between assessment and the curriculum/syllabus....

  7. Exploring the impact of the 2013 Unlocking Potential programme

    Victoria Spalding

    Twenty disadvantaged young people took part in the 2013 Unlocking Potential programme. The programme teams the young person with an athlete mentor who helps them deliver a social action project....