As a failure aficionado, I know how it feels to flop

The schools minister says students are bombing at GCSE resits because FE teachers are getting it wrong, but just maybe it’s because we’re conditioning students to fail

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It’s hard to keep on trying after failure. We can talk about the power of resilience and proffer inspirational quotes, but the reality of failure feels very different, especially when it seems like everyone else has passed.

Schools minister Nick Gibb is a great supporter of the compulsory GCSE resit. As gatekeeper of the policy, he stands firm, like a governmental Gandalf, banging his stick and bellowing “66 per cent of you shall not pass”.

But don’t worry, as GCSE resitgate trudges on and on, covering the same well-worn ground, Mr Gibb has recently offered us some sage advice. Now listen, ...

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