The 8th New Directions Conference will be held in an online format on 30-31 October 2020.

Despite all the enormous challenges that the COVID-19 situation has brought, an online format allows us to convene the range of stakeholders that New Directions has a reputation of being able to bring together. Hosting a successful digital conference will also be an opportunity to forefront discussion about remote and alternative assessment in an online forum.


Plenary speakers

  • Professor Barry O’Sullivan (British Council, Assessment Research Group)
  • Professor Lynda Taylor (Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment)
  • Professor Micheline Chalhoub-Deville (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • Professor Guoxing Yu (University of Bristol)
  • Professor Luke Harding (Lancaster University)

Panel Discussion

Topic 1: Evidence-driven influence: Affecting change in educational policy

Chair: Professor Jin Yan (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) 


  • Dr. Rukmini Banerji (Pratham)
  • Dr. John Simpson (British Council)
  • Ms. Alison Barrett (British Council)
  • Dr. Ute Knoch (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof. Isabel Pefianco Martin (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)

Topic 2: The Power of Tests: Creating opportunity and fostering inclusion

Chair: Dr. Johanna Motteram (British Council)


  • Dr. Sarah Richardson (ACER)
  • Dr. Marie Yeo (SEAMEO RELC)
  • Dr. Jay Banerjee (Trinity College London)
  • Dr. Gog Soon Joo (SkillsFuture Singapore)
  • Dr. Claudia Harsch (University of Bremen)

How to register

Registration: 13 September 2020 to 29 October 2020

There are 2 attendee types: Full Pass and Complimentary Pass.  Please check the list of events accessible for each pass.

Full Pass prices

Early-bird rate (ends on September 13) 15 GBP (Tax included)
Standard rate (ends on October 29) 25 GBP (Tax included)

Complimentary Pass 

There is no charge for this pass. The Complimentary Pass will allow access to our free events. Access to the plenary and panel discussions in the main conference are NOT included in the Complimentary Pass.

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