Discourses on Peer Group Assessment as Inclusive Practice

An Interactive Seminar on SpLD’s and Academic Assessment in Collaboration with AchieveAbility

Photograph: John Morrow

Link to Discourses on Peer Group Assessment as Inclusive Practice event
Wednesday, 26th March, 2014
University of Chester, Law School, 67 Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1AW


The Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity in collaboration with AchieveAbility ran a 2 hour seminar on the 26th March 2014 on inclusive practice in relation to academic assessment to accommodate the needs of an increasing population of students with SpLD’s within Higher Education. This event provided a brief overview of the law in this area followed by an interactive workshop led by Katherine Hewlett of AchieveAbility.  


Photograph: Dr Jane Mckay

Dr Jane McKay is a senior lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Chester. She is a book review editor for the International Journal of Art and Design Education. Her research interests include inclusive education notably in the field of special educational needs. She has widely published and researched into this area.

 Katherine Hewlett is an educationist and a development expert within a partnership context. She has managed local, regional and national project that improve access to education for potential students to Higher Education. Katherine set up the Education Liaison and Development Unit at the University of Westminster to deliver educational opportunities for learner progression to Higher Education. As head of this unit Katherine was responsible for several project developments to engage non-traditional leaners within mainstream education. On a regional and national level; projects such as a London Ambassador Scheme linked to the Training Development Agency, the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) project to investigate assessment practice for the greater inclusion of dyslexic students in Higher Education, London workshops to include staff from across sector in sharing teaching practice.Katherine Hewlett is the founder and a Director on the Board of AchieveAbility. Directors are drawn from a range of expertise in lifelong learning, quality assurance, curriculum design, teaching and development work http://www.achieveability.org.uk.

AchieveAbility exists to promote accessible and inclusive education for people who experience specific learning difficulties. Katherine is a Trustee of Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association (WFDA), a Governor of Leyton Sixth Form College, a tutor at the Working Men’s College and a study skills tutor for a range of HEI’s. Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity: The University of Chester Law School has launched a new inter-disciplinary Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity. This Forum focusses on and specialises in research and knowledge transfer activities in the area of diversity and equality across a range of disciplines.


Photograph: Katherine Hewlett