The BBC is reporting new warnings from heads that changes to the exam system, which come into force in six months’ time, risk causing significant problems for schools…
The National Association of Head Teachers is warning of an extended time of volatility, with students unsure which exams and subjects to take…
NAHT general secretary Russell Hobby said: “We face an extended period of volatility.
“The cause of this volatility is the sheer scale and speed of changes to the examination system – changes to both the scoring of the exams themselves, and to the way these scores are used to judge the performance of schools.”
He said that on top of this, a new way of measuring both secondary and primary school performance was being introduced.
“Not all of these changes are bad,” Mr Hobby said.
“The concern is that the scale and pace of them will make it very hard indeed to know what will happen and how the changes will interact.”
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “School and college leaders are deeply unhappy about the way in which a large number of changes to exams have been introduced in a short space of time in a piecemeal manner.
“This has resulted in them having to manage an extremely difficult situation, with changes to many different qualifications happening at different times.
“This process has also put teachers under a great deal of unnecessary pressure, and the confusing nature of the changes has caused students and their parents anxiety.
“These problems could have been avoided if changes had been introduced in a more manageable and coordinated way.”
…Last week at a speech in Coventry, exams regulator, Ofqual, warned the system could not tolerate any further reform under a future government until these changes have been completed and allowed to settle…
So on balance, is it the nature of the reforms or the pace of their implementation that is of most concern? And would slowing down change really help? Please let us know how you think it should have been handled…
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