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Future Of Assessment

We’re dedicated to promoting and advancing learning – it’s our core purpose.

This purpose drives our commitment to deliver world-class educational services that enable learners to achieve their potential. We also believe that great innovation needs great collaborators. That’s why we launched our Assessment Innovation Fund in 2021. . 

To date, more than 3,000 learners and over 200 educators have participated in 12 funded projects where these findings are helping to support innovators, showcase new digital approaches to assessment and champion the need for change in assessment practices.

Supported by NCFE and Ufi VocTech Trust, the next round of the Assessment Innovation Fund focuses on assessment within vocational education. The jointly supported fund will encourage the testing of learner-centric and adaptable assessment solutions, harnessing digital technology to create a more inclusive, robust, fairer, and reliable assessment experience.

We want to support you in testing assessment solutions that can adapt and response to the needs of the changing UK economy and help get more adults learning.

Window 6 closed on 12 March 2024.

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What we’re looking for 

We want to hear from you if you think you can help to transform the future of assessment. 

During the application process, you will need to be able to demonstrate:  

  • the issue that the innovation is trying to solve.  
  • the potential impact on learners. 
  • that the innovation is linked to at least one of the Guiding Principles for Assessment Innovation (see our AIF Application and Scoring Guidance). 
  • the sustainability and scalability of the proposed solution. 
  • feasibility and robustness of the methodology. 

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Who we’re working with…

Read about the successful applicants that are currently running pilot projects and testing ideas to change the future of assessment.

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Who can apply for funding?  

The fund welcomes applications from training providers, awarding organisations, EdTech businesses, colleges and other organisations interested in changing the future of assessment. 

Extra support


Assessment Innovation Fund Social Impact Report 2021-2023

Following the completion of five Assessment Innovation Fund (AIF) windows that committed the original £1m investment to 12 projects, we find ourselves at a point of reflection: What impact have our pilots to date had?

Our Social Impact Report aims to answer these questions, highlighting the AIF’s impact and opening up dialogue of what fair, open and authentic assessment might look like across the education sector.

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