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Regular blogs from our Group Chief Executive, researchers and guest bloggers, including content from our exam boards, OCR, Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge English Language Assessment

My bionic arm at Bett

After being impressed by student Rishabh Java's bionic arm at the Bett show, we invited him to blog about his invention and travels to the UK.

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A new brand

Simon Lebus blogs on our new brand, which launched this week. He says it will provide a powerful and compelling vehicle for our work over the next 10 years.

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Reflections on #curricularillusions

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“Automatisation” is the basis for creativity and higher learning. Professor Mark Warner reflects on Helen Abadzi’s lecture: “Memory biases and curricular illusions”.

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Finland - old stories, new headlines

Tim Oates addresses the 'zombie ideas' which misinterpret the success behind the Finnish education system, debunking the myths and accepted truths which 'refuse to die'. Read more.

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Art, language, location

Simon Lebus blogs on the illuminating art Cambridge Assessment sponsored for local exhibition Art Language Location and explains the link to our new Cambridge headquarters, Triangle.

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Chemistry community speaks

Twitter's chemistry community sat up and took note of a new report suggesting chemistry undergraduates' maths needs aren't being met before they embark on their studies.

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Tackling time bomb?

Simon Lebus revisits the issue of tackling in school rugby, suggesting we're sitting on a time bomb of injuries and lawsuits.

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A BERA trip down memory lane

Jill from the Cambridge Assessment Network took a trip down memory lane to this year's BERA conference, held at her alma mater the University of Leeds.

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Pleased to meet you - Lisa Roberts

We talk to Global Compensation and Benefits Manager Lisa about what attracted her to Cambridge Assessment and how she is working to attract and retain the best talent worldwide.

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Special consideration

On the anniversary of D-Day, Simon Lebus delves into our archives to understand the challenging circumstances some of our past candidates sat their exams under, from the Home Front during World War II to internment camps in Singapore.

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Christmas in New York

In his latest blog, our Group Chief Executive Simon Lebus talks about inspiring architecture in Paris and experiencing Christmas in springtime in Manhattan.

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The strange death of the English textbook

Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, looks ahead to the launch of the 'Cambridge Approach to Textbooks' with an overview of the research at the heart of the campaign to restore the primacy of textbooks in our education system and the background to their demise.

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Time to exit the scrum

Simon Lebus tackles a contentious sporting issue head-on, arguing we need to call full time on Rugby in schools and find a less injury-prone activity to build character and resilience in young people.

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More, not less, for GCSE Drama students

Our drama subject specialist, Karen Latto, explains the decision to include a variety of performances for the live theatre requirement at GCSE, countering misinformation that students now get less.

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Notes from Arizona

Michael O'Sullivan, Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations, recalls encouraging student feedback in Arizona and looks ahead to our development across the USA.

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Soft landings at Triangle

We speak to Principal Project Manager Tony Collins about being the ‘Soft Landings Champion’ for the Triangle, ensuring the move to our new headquarters will be as smooth as possible.

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Skyscraping in Madrid

Cambridge International Examinations welcomed 47 school leaders to the British Embassy in Madrid for their annual Senior Level Forum.

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A royal encounter in Malta

Hanan Khalifa shared the stage with royalty when she was invited to speak on behalf of Cambridge English at this year's Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting in Malta.

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Maths: a meeting of minds

The Director of Cambridge Mathematics, Lynne McClure, shares what she learnt at a recent reception held by Mathematics in Education and Industry.

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Getting into university - what works best?

Following a lively debate at our recent event, #HEcam, our researcher, Nadir, widens the conversation beyond A Levels, explaining how different types and combinations of qualifications are used by young people to gain access to higher education.

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Education - a growing obsession?

Simon Lebus looks for answers within a new linguistic study charting the UK’s growing obsession with education and reveals some surprising stats around the gender gap at GCSE.

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A week in the life of - Margaret Kerry

In the third of a series of articles on members of our Senior Management Team, we hear from Director of Education & Learning at OCR Margaret Kerry about archaeology, bicycle sculptures, and a debut appearance on Cambridge TV!

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Suffolk to Shanghai

Guest blogger, Geoff Barton, dispels some of the education myths portrayed on television with his own first-hand experience from both Suffolk and Shanghai schools.

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Pleased to meet you - James and Joanna

We speak to Change Manager James Nolan about how his career has developed and OCR Events Manager Joanna Ball about her rise from administrator to managing a team running over 90 events a year.

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Blog: I've been to London to visit the Queen

Christine Nuttall and Xavier Ballesteros of Cambridge English Language Assessment were invited to Buckingham Palace, official residence of the Queen, for a reception to honour the recipients of this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

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Blog: The forgotten half

Paul Steer, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at OCR looks at how 'the forgotten half'  - students in vocational or technical training - can be better supported.

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Pleased to meet you - Guy Chapman

We talk to Cambridge International Examinations’ Deputy Director, International Network, about his busy first six months at Cambridge Assessment and how he believes he’s joined the organisation at a very good time.

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Pleased to meet you - Joanna Rickwood

We talk to Joanna Rickwood, Delivery Lead in the Innovation and Development team within Cambridge International Examinations, about how she first came to Cambridge Assessment as a student and how, 17 years later, she has worked her way up to team leadership.

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Blog: 600 terabytes - Simon Lebus

Simon Lebus critiques 'bizarre' suggestions for driving up standards, reveals the huge processing power behind our examinations and reflects on the potentially life-changing role they have around the world.

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Pleased to meet you - Lisa Roberts

We talk to Global Compensation and Benefits Manager Lisa about what attracted her to Cambridge Assessment and how she is working to attract and retain the best talent worldwide.

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Blog: The winds of reform - Paul Steer

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Paul Steer tackles uncertainties surrounding qualification reform, from A/AS Level decoupling to funding for apprenticeships, GCSEs and Functional Skills, as well as revealing just how interconnected all education policies turn out to be.

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Blog: Notes from BETT 2015 - Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations, blogs from BETT 2015 where the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, put forward possible future applications of technology in education.

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Blog: Notes from Vietnam - Simon Lebus

Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, shares his experiences from a recent trip to Vietnam, which included news of a new English language project and a convoy of Santas on mopeds.

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Education reform and internationalisation - a view from Kazakhstan

Cristina Rimini of Cambridge International Examinations gives her views, from the ground in Kazakhstan, on the country's education reforms and the book detailing the research underpinning the changes, Education Reform and Internationalisation: The Case of School Reform in Kazakhstan, which Cristina contributed to.

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