Podcast: Removing school masks and GCSE grading dilemma

Why teachers could be stuck between a rock and a hard place on grades, and how some want to keep masks in classrooms

Tes News podcast 7 May 2021: Removing face mask rules in schools and teachers' fears over GCSE grading

Join the Tes reporters as we discuss the “horrendous workload” that teachers are up against to produce GCSE and A-level assessments and evidence, and the warnings about more work to come in the summer holidays dealing with appeals over grades.

The team also unpicks our exclusive interview with Ofqual chair Ian Bauckham, who has urged teachers not to just “test, test, test” in the final few weeks before they submit grades.

And we consider why heads’ leaders are against exams going ahead in normal conditions in the autumn at the start of the new academic year.

This week's podcast also looks at how some teachers oppose government proposals to remove the requirement for masks in secondary school classrooms, and how a student has lost her battle in the courts against her multi-academy trust over the requirement that students wear face masks.

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Dave Speck

Dave Speck is a reporter at Tes

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