Changing the Examinations System
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, has written a very thought provoking blog
. He makes excellent points about Mr Gove’s latest idea to change the examination system from modular exams to terminal exams. That Mr Gove’s proposals are risky and untested.
Matthew questions the concept that making the hurdles higher will motivate more children to reach them. What happens to children who early on realise that they cannot achieve the new higher benchmark? All teachers know how important motivation is to the learning process.
For me, it brings into question the way that we seem to manage education policy in this country. We do not have a clear vision, nor a consensus on a vision. We seem to be able to lurch from one policy to another depending on who is the latest Secretary of State for Education, and whatever whim takes their fancy.
In the case of Mr Gove we are not only lurching, but speeding backwards, in one after another risky experiments. And the debate on these experiments is minimal.