Drama college scraps grades to reduce stress among first year students

The Telegraph is reporting that a royal drama college has scrapped its marks for first year students in a bid to reduce stress.

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama made the move in a bid to improve the wellbeing of students on acting and design for performance courses.

The college, whose alumni includes Anthony Hopkins and Rob Brydon, found former students focused on where marks placed them. In order to make the transition into higher education easier they will no longer be given their first year academic marks.

Brian Weir, student experience director, said: “We wanted to ease that transition from school to higher education, and work with the students in partnership, while encouraging them to take responsibility for their own progress.”

Lloyd Pearce, the student union president, said the decision was taken following feedback from tutors and students.

“It could be seen that students were focusing on the figures and where it put them compared to others in their cohort, rather than the qualitative feedback which is geared towards their personal development,” he said. 

Read more Drama college scraps grades to reduce stress among first year students 

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