Members of commission on assessment without levels revealed

Members of commission on assessment without levels revealed

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the names of the members of the commission on assessment without levels.

School reform minister Nick Gibb last month announced the teacher-led commission and said it would highlight best practice models to help schools develop their own assessment systems.

It came in response to a consultation in which respondents said they were confused by the draft performance descriptors.

Ofsted and Ofqual will also have representatives on the commission. The group will meet for the first time tomorrow.

Those on the commission are:

Chair – John McIntosh CBE – former headmaster of the London Oratory School, member of the Health Education Council, the National Curriculum Council, the Teachers’ Standards Review, the Teaching Agency advisory group and the National College for School Leadership advisory board. Sits on free schools interview panels.

– Shahed Ahmed OBE – Headteacher at Elmhurst Primary School and a national leader of education. Involved in the development of the phonics screening check and was on the DfE advisory group for the new national curriculum

Daisy Christodoulou – Research and development manager at charity Ark, former secondary school English teacher. Author of ‘Seven myths about education’.

Professor Robert Coe – Professor at the School of Education at Durham University and director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM)

Sam Freedman – Director of research, evaluation and impact at Teach First. Former senior policy adviser for schools at DfE between 2010 and 2013

Mark Neild – Acting headteacher at Norwich’s Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form. He advised the government on the development of the new maths curriculum.

Natalie Packer – Independent special educational needs (SEN) consultant and an associate consultant to NASEN. Adviser to Achievement for All during its pilot. Author of ‘The perfect SENCO’.

Dame Alison Peacock – Executive headteacher of The Wroxham Teaching School. She was also a member of the NAHT commission for primary assessment set up to consider and develop principles for good assessment for schools to use once levels were removed. Co-author of ‘Creating learning without limits’.