Tes podcast: GCSE 2021 plans for 'dog-tired' teachers

The Tes news team talk about the latest Ofqual guidance on exams, plus international rankings and mass Covid testing
11th December 2020, 6:03pm
Dave Speck

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Tes podcast: GCSE 2021 plans for 'dog-tired' teachers

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Tes Podcast 11/12/20: Ofqual Guidance On Gcse & A Levels 2021, Mass Covid Testing For Schools & Timss 2019

Join the news team as we discuss Ofqual chief regulator Dame Glenys Stacey's advice to teachers, saying they shouldn't currently be creating portfolios of student work as a basis for assessment, despite the possibility that GCSE and A-level exams could still be cancelled next year.

We also discuss her other comments this week, suggesting that "dog-tired" teachers could be asked to quantify the amount of learning loss their students have faced, but may not have much left in the tank for exam marking.

We look at the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timss), which reveals England's Year 9 science score has dropped to its lowest level since the global study began 25 years ago. However, when it comes to Year 5 maths, England is now number eight in the world.

And we discuss the plan to provide mass Covid testing for secondary school students in the South East, and ask why this was not offered to schools in the North when the infection was even higher.

We end on maths teacher Jamie Frost, who was named winner of the Global Teacher Prize's Covid Hero award.

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