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More than marking: what is ‘assessment literacy’?

Gwyneth Hughes.  Nobody would dispute that teachers should have a high level of literacy and be able to read and write well. But what about ‘assessment literacy’? It is well known that assessment is a tricky business. But being able

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The headmaster of Eton may be right but so what?

Michael Young I welcome John White’s plan to make contact with Chinese educators uneasy about their ‘success’ on the PISA League Tables and look forward to his next IOE blog reporting his discussions. However, the fact that the headmaster of

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Eton’s headmaster is right: we must break out of exams straitjacket

John White In an article for Radio Times this week, Tony Little, headmaster of Eton, has called the examination system ‘archaic’. He sees it as “little changed from Victorian times”, a hindrance to collaborative working and to education for citizenship. He is right

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The Ebacc effect pushes pupils into more academic subjects – that’s a good thing

Tina Isaacs  Teenagers across England are waiting nervously for their GCSE, AS and A Level results. Now new figures have shown more of them are choosing to take more “academic” subjects, such as the humanities, languages and sciences, until the

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How England’s emetic testing regime is causing new academic diseases

Frank Coffield Students are contracting a new disease – bulimia academica – defined as repeated bouts of bingeing on information and regurgitating it in exams. The pressures on students to obtain the best possible grades have become so intense that

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