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Head’s Blog – AGM speech 2022

21st February 2022

Head Robert Lobatto gave this speech at the recent AGM of The King Alfred School Society:   Tucked away in a semi-subterranean space and nestled between the Photography Studio and the stationery cupboard is a small, air-conditioned room.  Inside, you find treasure, not of the shiny sparkling pirate variety, but photographs, documents and artefacts that…

Head’s Blog – What are the alternatives to GCSEs?

13th December 2021

For many schools the exams hiatus caused by Covid increased the desire to explore different forms of assessment, particularly at GCSE level. In a recent article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES), our Deputy Head and co-founder of Rethinking Assessment, Al McConville, laid out the options available to schools who want to start doing things…

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The truth behind ‘inflated’ exam grades

23rd August 2021

You can listen to Head, Robert Lobatto talk about this year’s exam results in this vlog or the same content is available as a blog immediately below. Making sense of the exam results this year With exams cancelled for the second year in a row, grades were once again determined by teachers. Using grade descriptors…

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‘The Terror’ of exam-driven assessment

1st October 2020

As part of the Rethinking Assessment group, our Head, Robert, is helping to drive conversations around GCSE reform. Rethinking Assessment is a group of state, independent and special schools, business people, academics and stakeholders, united in the desire to create something fairer and more fit for purpose than the current exam-driven system. Robert’s latest blog…

Head’s Blog – Thoughts on the 2020 exam fiasco

24th August 2020

The last week has been very challenging for students, families and schools throughout the country. How did we get into this mess and what lessons can we learn for the future? The algorithm On paper, the algorithm seemed like a good idea. It had two main aims. The first was to prevent grade inflation and…

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