With power comes responsibility Mr Gove

stephen perse foundation

At the recent Sunday Times Festival of Education Michael Gove declared that he loved teachers. Mr Gove’s profession of affection however is somewhat at variance with events unfolding in the world of qualifications – change which arguably is hugely challenging (and not in a good way) to teachers trying to support their students.

1. IGCSE : early in the life of the coalition Gove decided that the International GCSE would be accredited by the Department for Education in their performance data. A number of state schools have adopted IGCSEs across a range of subjects enjoying an opportunity previously only available to independent schools. Indeed this very fact was a badge of honour for Gove. However, I understand from colleagues in maintained schools that there is a strong possibility, with the advent of new GCSEs, that IGCSE will no longer be accredited to ensure there is leverage for maintained schools to…

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