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Covid-19 and education: Why have we waited until now to improve the accuracy of predicted grades?

Gill Wyness.  For students expecting to take their A-Levels and BTECs this summer, the impact of COVID-19 will be profound. Instead of taking the formal examinations that they were preparing for, Ofqual confirmed today that school leavers will be provided

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Posted in accountability and inspection, COVID-19 and education, Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment, young people

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, Evidence-based policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

‘Too many tests for no good reason’: what do parents really think about primary assessment?

Alice Bradbury. The debate about testing in primary schools is usually dominated by teachers and unions – who decry the pressures associated with statutory test – and the government – who argue testing is necessary to hold schools to account.

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Childhood & early education, Education policy, Parents, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

‘Stuck’ schools: are Ofsted judgements stopping them from getting out of the rut?

Bernie Munoz-Chereau, Melanie Ehren and Jo Hutchinson. A few days ago Ofsted announced that they are seeking a ‘judgement-free approach’ to stuck schools. These schools have been consistently judged less than good for over a decade.  Ofsted believes that these Grades

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