Martin Reader

Beyond the essay

Performance and artefact EPQs, rather than the more traditional dissertation, hold the key to lasting and accessible educational outcomes, argues Martin Reader. Leaders, take note

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As we were holding on by our fingertips to the brink of February half-term, I suddenly re-gained perspective and energy when I saw genuine education in action: the final productions of two performance extended project qualifications (EPQs). Much has been written about the value of the EPQ for university preparation, but most teachers and students, including me, are more familiar with the dissertation and investigation forms of assessment rather than performance and artefact EPQs (bit.ly/ArtefactsGuide). I think this needs to change.

The epiphany for me was witnessing how the combination of ...

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