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‘It’s a national scandal: the looming exams crisis reveals how ambivalent the government is...

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    It unprofessional and awful

    but no one really cares
  3. slstrong123

    slstrong123 New commenter

    In just over a year pupils will be sitting the new maths GCSE. Although we know what the topics covered are we are still no clearer on the style of questions. We know they will require pupils to have a deep understanding and be able to solve lengthier problem solving questions. But the specimen exam materials from the major exam boards has varied so much between versions one and two (Ofqual asked exam boards to redo them) and between them. As grade boundaries have been moving around in recent years and exam boards can't give any guidance on grade boundaries, maths teachers are muddling through best they can but with much more additional stress. Text books still mostly use exam questions from the old GCSE......
  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Do they want most kids to fail the exams because they are both challenging and there has been a lack of practice materials? This will prove they've been successful in producing rigorous exams.

    Do they want an excuse to deny most secondary teachers a pay rise in a couple of years? This will keep costs down and give an excuse for getting rid of old and expensive teachers.

    Do they want world class education? Yes, but PISA tests aside they're not really sure what this entails.

    Why do we need so many exam boards anyway? If their resources are not going to be accredited until they are the way OFQUAL want them, what is the point of them.

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