GCSE Tactics: Stick or Twist

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The lack of coordination between OfQual and DFE in relation to exams reform is so frustrating. Two major mid-stream announcements have put lots of schools in a difficult position, essentially having to decide between their students’ individual exam successes or the school’s overall performance. We’re reducing exam preparation to a matter of tactics rather than teaching, learning and assessment.

My daughter is one of many thousands of students who will now be caught up in the maelstrom.

Her school has opted to enter all Y11s for English Language in November because they did their Speaking and Listening assessments in Y10 and it’s the last chance for them to count. However, the premise was that it was a no-risk decision because students who did not deliver their target grades could resit in June. Now that has changed.

Well, actually, it hasn’t changed for the students. If they need another go in…

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