Welsh Lessons


On a bright spring morning, Mr Matthews, my GCSE Business Studies teacher, explained, “You can’t have a bonus system in every job. Imagine, for example, if a judge were paid on the basis of the amount of years he sentenced prisoners to. Ridiculous. Imagine the amount of unfair fines that could be issued if traffic wardens were on commission? This is because a key aspect of these jobs is fairness.”

Which, in a nutshell, is why teacher assessment is a terrible idea.

You don’t even need to guess at what might happen, because in Wales it already has.

Wales abolished SATs because they were seen as not only inaccurate but also expensive when you can just use teacher assessment. I remember at the time thinking it was great. Our year nine scheme of work basically consisted of practising past papers which, to be frank, was a miserable thing to do…

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