Simon Child

Simon Child

I am a psychologist by background, having completed a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Research Methods at the University of Durham. In 2011, I completed my PhD at the University of Manchester, where I investigated pre-school children’s symbolic development, specifically their use of gestures. After a short-term post at the University of Liverpool, I joined Cambridge Assessment in August 2012.

I currently work in the qualifications development research team with the Research Division. This team provides an evidence base to support reform of both general and vocational qualifications. In recent years, I have worked on projects investigating the transition between levels of education, the effective assessment of ‘active’ citizenship, and the topic choices students study during A Level history.

I am also interested in the psychological factors that underpin quality of marking at different stages of the assessment process (e.g. mark scheme design), assessment for learning, and how to optimise the assessment of ‘21st century skills’. Currently, I am investigating different methods of moderation and examiner training, as well as exploring the theoretical basis for classroom questioning within a constructivist framework.

Outside of work, I am a keen sportsman. I’m the current captain of the Cambridge Assessment Football team, leading them to victory in the ‘Middle Common Room Cup’ competition in 2015. I also represent the Cambridge Assessment Cricket Club as a top order batsman and wicketkeeper.

Conference: Questioning Questions

young school girl with her hand in the air to answer a question

We are hosting a one-day conference designed to stimulate debate about the importance of effective questioning.