Annual Conference 2014 – Assessing Learning not Levels

The AAIA 25th Anniversary Conference took place from 2nd to 4th October at the Marriott Hotel, Bournemouth.


The conference was opened by Juliet Sizmur, AAIA President





The introductory keynote ‘Learning not Levels’ was delivered by Professor Patricia Broadfoot whose historical perspective on assessment provided a basis for considering a science of assessment and the potential of digital technology in learning.


Keeping up-to-date briefings were provided by Kate Ridley-Moy, Assistant Director Assessment Policy, Department for Education and Steve Anwyll, Head of National Assessment, Ofqual.




Mike Viner, AAIA Treasurer and former President completed an interesting and challenging afternoon, talking about ‘AAIA then and now’   DSC_2150

Shirley Clarke led a fascinating Friday conference (open to non-members) engaging delegates in thinking about ‘Outstanding formative assessment: a close focus’.   DSC_2156For technical reasons Shirley Clarke’s presentation is not available on this site.  However, the content of the additional slides that she used in the afternoon session is available here – AWL Tick List.  For videos of Shirley’s presentation scroll down to the bottom of this page. For a wealth of  other information and materials, please visit Resources and Action Research Learning Teams on Shirley’s website.











An exciting and stimulating day was completed by Di Pardoe and Tom Robson’s session ‘Think like a learner’.

Di Pardoe and Tom Robson – Think like a learner

The final morning of the conference on Saturday began with Sue Swaffield whose keynote was entitled ‘An assessment for learning buffet breakfast, or maybe a three-course meal’.  The conference ended with Ruth Sutton talking about ’30 years of assessment work: are we making a difference?’  Both are longstanding friends of AAIA and delivered inspiring keynotes to end a high-quality, highly successful conference.





Copies of keynote presentations and videos of  presenters from the full conference are available to members under Conference 2014 in the members’ area.


AAIA 25th anniversary conference 2014

AAIA One Day Conference 2014


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