AQA’s Chief Executive, Professor Toby Salt, addressed an education reception at the Conservative Party Conference about the importance of education for social mobility.
The reception was organised by the Education Policy Institute and sponsored by AQA, Teach First and Impetus-PEF. It brought together senior representatives from across the education sector including teacher associations, charities, think tanks, universities and schools to celebrate the transformational effects education can have on the life chances of young people.
Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon. Damian Hinds MP, gave a keynote speech at the event. He spoke about his key priorities and the contents of his Conference speech, emphasising the importance of technical education. Other speakers included Russell Hobby, Chief Executive of Teach First, Natalie Perera Executive Director of Education Policy Institute and Andy Ratcliffe, Chief Executive of Impetus-PEF.
Damian Hinds said: “We can’t afford any let-up on academic standards, in fact we need to double down on academic standards on what’s been achieved and make sure that no child is left behind, make sure that we are learning all the subjects of the future, the languages of mankind and the languages of machines.”
Toby Salt spoke about the importance of assessment and the long history AQA has played in the education of young people. Toby said: “Education is the driver for social mobility. To do this you need to have an assessment framework which judges and helps young people show their potential regardless of their background.”