William Stewart

GCSEs are flawed – but scrapping them carries a risk

The cancellation of this year’s exams has prompted many to question the viability of GCSEs. But the qualification has a distinct advantage

GCSEs are flawed

Get used to the new normal. It’s quickly become the cliché of this unsettling time. But, like all clichés, it’s true.

Old certainties are being swept away. And emerging trends such as home working are quickly morphing into unstoppable forces that could transform the way we live.

So, it is easy to see why some hope that the enforced suspension of this summer’s exams could reshape schools in the same way. The pandemic has allowed some optimism for those sick of the constricting impact our all-consuming testing culture has on the way we educate our children.

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