Exams shake-up ‘has been misplaced alternative’, says non-public colleges group chief

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he Authorities has squandered the chance for a post-pandemic shake-up of the exams system which may have taken stress off A-level and GCSE college students, a frontrunner of a personal colleges group has mentioned.

Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and studying on the Ladies’ Day College Belief, a bunch of 25 non-public colleges, referred to as for radical change which might see youngsters being given their A-level outcomes earlier than making use of for college. This might in flip take stress off GCSE college students, as a result of their outcomes would not be checked out in such element by universities.

Presently college students apply to school utilizing predicted A-level grades and solely discover out if they’ve been profitable on outcomes day. Hundreds will undergo this course of after they obtain their outcomes subsequent Thursday. The exams had been cancelled for 2 years through the pandemic and grades had been based mostly on instructor assessments, however they had been held once more for the primary time this summer time.

Mr Stannard mentioned: “It’s a actual disgrace that we had the chance over the past couple of years to check different programs, however now we have wasted these years.

“The Division for Schooling has executed nothing to revise the examination system because it stood and we’re simply going again to the previous system, which is flawed.”

Mr Stannard mentioned if A-level college students got their grades earlier, GCSE exams is also modified to develop into much less “excessive stakes”.

It’s because at present GCSEs outcomes are checked out by universities alongside predicted A-level grades. If the grades had been already identified when college students utilized, there could be much less stress on GCSEs.

Mr Stannard mentioned: “If you wish to dial down the stress cooker of GCSEs and change them with fundamental assessments of competence, that are instructor assessed, A-levels outcomes should be moved to return out earlier than college students apply to school. I believe that is the place the chance has been misplaced. Solely the Division for Schooling could make these calls and for the final couple of years it has been chaos.” Mr Stannard mentioned A-level exams might be taken barely earlier so outcomes might be given earlier after which purposes to school made in an “intense few months”, in time for time period to begin in October.

He mentioned this might be fairer on youngsters at much less well-performing colleges, who might not be inspired to use to high universities however then obtain wonderful A-level grades.


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