Pearson is embarking on a new project to better understand how our education system and model of assessment are working for young learners at key stages four and five.
The events of last summer and preparations for this have provoked many questions around assessment, including fairness and equity for young people. Assessment remains high on the agenda and it is against this backdrop we are looking at the longer-term role of assessment in schools and colleges.
Our project takes a longer view, going back to first principles, considering the function and purpose of Key Stages 4 and 5 – which at present are the defining and critical points of a young person’s education.
The first phase of the project included a major consultation with the education sector, employers, parliamentarians, parents and, most importantly, with young people to gather their views on a range of questions around each of these issues. We received over 6000 contributions.
Our Interim Report and Technical Annex set out our findings from this first phase.