If Michael Gove were a contestant in the Olympics he would run the wrong way round the track and disappear out of the stadium.
Yesterday in Parliament
: Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East) (Lab) asked Michael Gove what plans he has for the future of GCSEs and requested a statement.
Gove replied, “The coalition Government will shortly announce their proposals for the future of exams at 16; we hope to ensure that future examinations work in the interests of all young people. We need exams that will keep pace with the best in the world and meet the demands of children, teachers and employers.”
So he (and theoretically the coalition Government) will announce the proposals – no consultation, no debate – just diktat. Gove leaked his proposals to the Daily Mail towards the end of the summer term and says HE will tell pupils, parents and schools what HE has decided. HE’s already said that the exam boards must start preparing for the exams that HE wants.
At the time of the leak, TES
reported that Ofqual chief regulator Glenys Stacey had advised the government that attempting to push through too many reforms at once risked “failure” and that a senior exam board official privately thought that the timescale for the changes as “madness”.
It is madness to rush through these changes. The shelved 2004 Tomlinson report on exam reform said it would take ten years of careful development, consultation, testing and evaluation before a new exam system could be devised. Gove wants to do it in a few months. He will inflict his outmoded idea of examinations onto the country’s school children while being completely out-of-step with the rest of the world. Not so much keeping pace as running on a different track altogether.