Bill Watkin

There’s a bit of snagging in the new exam system

Several ‘unintended consequences’ of reforms need fixing, say sixth-form colleges

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After a tsunami of changes to the curriculum, qualifications, assessment methodologies and accountability frameworks, we are now in a period of implementation, putting into practice the initiatives and developments of recent years.

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan called it a “rigour revolution”. Started by her predecessor, Michael Gove, this was the government’s strategy to raise educational standards by raising the bar. Making greater demands of students – what they learn, how they are tested, what marks they need to pass – would, it was argued, raise aspirations and expectations, and ...

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