Tomlinson assessed by you

22nd October 2004 at 01:00
Joseph Lee asked teachers what they thought of the proposed reforms

Jerry Radburn, an advanced skills teacher at Waingel's Copse school, a mixed comprehensive in Reading, said: "The constant changes are exhausting.

But there are too many exams and quite often the exams don't tell us anything we don't already know. I think more teacher assessment is a good idea."

Simon Worms, who teaches business studies, law and ICT at Fullbrook school in Surrey, said: "I fully support the lessening of coursework. It's a major burden at the moment, and I think it's unfair for a pupil at the moment to have ten lots of coursework to complete.

"It interests me that they can choose whatever subject they want for the extended essay. But we don't know how it is going to be assessed: it's going to be very difficult. How can you compare things as different as an essay on law and a dance performance?"

Stephen Cotton, director of studies at the independent City of London school for boys, said: "The important thing is that time is taken to bring in the changes. But I am concerned that the employers, the CBI and the Conservative party have said things which suggest the consensus isn't quite as broad as Mike Tomlinson might hope."

Michelle Jeff, a biology teacher at the selective Folkestone school for girls in Kent, said: "I am concerned about the workload for teachers.

What's really going to happen if teachers are doing the assessment of students? But I was impressed with the idea of bringing the vocational qualifications together with the academic work. I felt very positive about that."

Sarah Pawsey, a science teacher at the Sweyne Park school, a mixed comprehensive in Essex, said: "I think this could be very positive. At the moment, pupils who aren't academic get turned off very quickly. But if they had more vocational options at an early stage, they would be more motivated. Also some pupils are ready for exams much earlier than others."

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