New regime checks

18th June 1999 at 01:00
THE SCOTTISH Qualifications Authority is to keep a close eye on the effects of implementing Higher Still, including the impact of the new assessment regime on pupil and teacher workload.

This was revealed by Ron Tuck, the authority's chief executive in a wide-ranging interview on the eve of its conference (page 8). It follows a call for an end to internal assessment in Higher Still by delegates to the Educational Institute of Scotland's conference, against their leadership's advice.

Fred Forrester, the EIS depute general secretary, said this week the assessment system needs review. "The SQA's attempt to integrate the assessment systems inherited from its predecessors has not been entirely successful."

Michael O'Neill, president of the Association of Directors of Education, agreed that "we need to stand back to see if we're assessing too much and teaching too little."

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