Ofqual and England's exam boards have shrugged off government criticism of their plan to stop practical science counting towards school exam grades, insisting that teachers are "enthusiastic" about the idea. Education secretary Nicky Morgan this week intervened in the row over the proposed removal of assessment of practical work from final GCSE and A-level science grades, which is partly intended to discourage cheating. Ms Morgan warned that Ofqual was "in danger of holding back the next generation of scientists". But the boards and their regulator insist that the plan, which will require testing before it is introduced, will reinvigorate practical work by discouraging teaching to the test.
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