At the Festival of Education on Saturday, Tim Brighouse contrasted Michael Gove’s policy of no resits in future for school students with the fact that Gove himself only passed his driving test at the 7th attempt.
I thought Tim might be joking but this Daily Mail article
confirms it (as well as revealing lots of other details you might not want to know about our Secretary of State for Education). Gove did indeed have to take six resits before he could drive a car. Yet the same opportunity won't be available in our schools any more, under his no resit policy.
Imagine for a moment if this approach was in fact applied to driving tests. If people were only allowed one attempt at the driving test, it wouldn’t be just Michael Gove who wouldn’t be allowed behind the wheel of a car but probably half the UK population.
So why does it make sense for our students? On the roads it is understood that it might take time to reach the correct level of driving skill, but it will be only one attempt, apparently, to get English or Maths GCSE, or any other subject. Is this fair (or even practical)?