Coursework is easier to control

25th August 2000 at 01:00
I WOULD not disagree with anything Laurence Alster wrote in his article, "All work and no pay" (TES, August 11) with regard to coursework. My only reservation is that it does not go far enough.

The article does not answer the question of why, given the workloads involved with coursewor, so many schools opt for it?

I would contend that the reason is simple. Coursework is seen by teachers, departments and schools as a way of improving results. Outcomes can be more easily controlled by staff.

Keith Fawcett

54 King Street



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