Monthly Archives: March 2020

GCSE results in English and maths: whatever approach is taken, here is how it should be validated

John Jerrim.  We found out last week that GCSE grades for the 2019/20 cohort will be based upon judgments made by teachers. It has been announced that Ofqual will be working with the sector to provide guidance on how this should be

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Will the Covid crisis spark a radical overhaul of schools and universities?

John White. Weeks ago I thought the climate emergency might be the spark, but now, especially as UK schools and universities are closing, I think Covid-19 is more likely. I had an email from a senior academic colleague in Wuhan who recently

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Posted in COVID-19 and education, Further higher and lifelong education, Schools, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Exam fever: more coursework and less reliance on final tests would make it easier to award accurate grades

Tina Isaacs and Mary Richardson. Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson announced the cancellation of this year’s GCSEs and A level examinations. “We will make sure that pupils get the qualifications they need and

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GCSEs are cancelled. Here's what the government should do

John Jerrim. Yesterday, the DfE took the extraordinary step of cancelling GCSE exams. this will mean that some children will suffer the consequences throughout their lifetime. This is obviously a very tricky situation, and any solution the government comes up

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Posted in accountability and inspection, COVID-19 and education, Evidence-based policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Is wellbeing among teachers in England lower than in the rest of the UK?

Teachers in England are more unhappy and more anxious than those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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