Cut down on exams, says QCA chief

21st September 2001 at 01:00
THE head of the Government's exam watchdog has said schools should be better at providing moral and spiritual education.

Professor David Hargreaves, chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, said teachers needed to develop students' sense of community.

Speaking to the British Educational Research Association, he quoted recent comments by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor about the death of Christianity in Britain. He said other curriculum areas, such as social and health education and citizenship - compulsory from next year - should be used to promote moral intelligence.

The professor also signalled his readiness to downgrade the importance of GCSEs, claiming students were taking too many and side-lining sport, music and drama.

He criticised Chris Woodhead, former chief inspector of schools, for pouring scorn on creativity and innovation under the pretext of defending standards.

BERA reports, 14, 28-29

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