Category: Exams

A big distraction

A big distraction

With girls again outperforming boys at GCSEs an academic has posed the question: “Why can’t we accept it is just that they are cleverer?” Professor Alan Smithers’ comment was not just a throw-away line; he had conducted research into this area and published a report on it. And for the most part, I would go…

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The clue is in the name – ‘A’ Level should mean ‘advanced’

The clue is in the name – ‘A’ Level should mean ‘advanced’

Once again A’ Level results were collected by worried sixth formers and once again they performed better than any year group that had gone before them. It seems we are trapped in an unending spiral of grade inflation, and if it continues on its current trajectory, it won’t be long before every student is an A-grade student.…

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Turn your papers over…now

Turn your papers over…now

Children next week will learn what GCSE and A’ Level results they have achieved. However, like last year, the method of arriving at the grades will not be through the process of marked examination papers. This is because of the pandemic, which has deeply affected the education of millions of our young people. Last year…

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