Tag Archives: General Certificate of Secondary Education

Michael Gove is right: We need 3D Teachers

“Next Up, It’s Sir on the Ukulele” ran the headline in The Sunday Telegraph as the paper gently poked fun at plans for teachers to take part in school variety shows with the comment, “It is difficult to know who … Continue reading

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Talking tough on teacher standards

Rigour is a word that Michael Gove likes.  We are to have rigorous public exams, rigour in the teaching profession, a rigorous approach to school accountability, perhaps even the Department for Rigour. As Head of a leading independent school I … Continue reading

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Marking the markers

I can still remember the August day in 1988 when I opened my ‘A’ level results envelope to see a welcome number of A grades and one C.  For the next few days my world stopped.  An injustice had been … Continue reading

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Gove-levels

It looks like it is to be ‘all change’ again with simultaneous reforms of both GCSE and ‘A’ level.   Over the next three years we are likely to see the largest overhaul of the public exams system since the introduction of … Continue reading

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The examination crisis that was bound to happen

There is a grim inevitability to the current exams crisis.  The Exam Boards will be scapegoated, but the root causes of the problem lie not with them or OfQual, but with a politically inspired reform agenda which has seen too … Continue reading

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‘A’ level results – a genuine cause for celebration

I had hoped that the Olympics were turning Britain into a glass three quarters full nation.  Some of the reaction to today’s ‘A’ level results suggests we are already drifting back into our traditional glass half empty and probably cracked … Continue reading

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Standing up for the class of 2012

Michael Gove started it, journalists promoted it, and middle aged men and women across the land joined in with a chorus of “exams were harder in my day”. The world seems full of BIMDYs who back in their day were fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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