‘UK education system needs to be more accountable,’ says author ahead of Cambridge visit

The Cambridge News is reporting that a leading children’s author has called for the UK education system to be made more accountable.

Writer Alan Gibbons, who taught for around 20 years before becoming a full-time writer, will speak at the meeting of his “increasing” concern about the UK’s education system, with a focus on testing, funding and accountability.

He told the News: “I have become increasingly worried about the direction of education in the UK where we are progressively testing children more and spending far less time getting them reading and engaged.”

“This hasn’t been a choice of schools – it’s been a concerted choice from governments, both Labour and Conservative, seeing schools as exam factories.”

“There’s a culture of this very formal kind of teaching in which children are going to have assessment at 4 to 11 years old and be tested to distraction.”

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  1. The OECD warned in 2011 there was already too much emphasis on exam results in England and it risked negative consequences.  Despite this, the emphasis has increased to the detriment of education as a whole.

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