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Tue 12 February 2019, 08:24

Robert Halfon, Chair of the Education Select Committee, makes a radical proposal today, in advocating that GCSEs and A levels are scrapped.

Robert Halfon, Chair of the Education Select Committee, makes a radical proposal today, in advocating that GCSEs and A levels are scrapped.

I wonder how this feels to teachers and students who were setting out this morning to redouble their efforts at final preparations for these high-stakes exams?

However, on closer reflection, most of us can identify the subject(s) we wish we’d been able to take but weren’t due to inflexible option groups or limited number of choices. For me, it was needlework. If I’d been able to do that, maybe I’d be giving Stella McCartney a run for her money by now?

But will today’s new ideas create anything different? They certainly chime with Ofsted’s recent calls for a broader curriculum – and they aim to take the sting out of the high accountability testing system which has been developed over the last 30-40 years. They will be greeted enthusiastically by supporters of the International Baccalaureate, preferred mainly in Independent Schools. However, with its broader range of subjects and prioritised character strands, this qualification has been shown to be costly, both financially and in terms of teacher training. Only 143 of the 32,000 schools in the UK currently offer it.

What doesn’t help is the sense that such radical change is in the wind. Not so long ago the DfE promised that, to address teacher workload pressures, there would be no new policy changes – that teachers would be given time and allowed to let changes become embedded so that they could reflect on and refine their practice again, year on year.

Mr Halfon should be careful in publishing ideas about such fundamental overhauls to the system – after all most teachers have only ever experienced the current GCSE and A level system. Future changes should be evidence-based, feasible and risk assessed – given the current shortage of teachers, budgetary shortfalls and curriculum changes we need to trust the DfE, Secretary of State and Education Select Committee to put their money where their mouth is and act in all children’s and teachers’ best interests.

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Tue 12 February 2019, 08:18

"I strongly welcome the fact that the Secretary of State has recognised that there is a crisis." Georgina Newton comments on Teacher Retention

Tue 12 February 2019, 08:17

Celebrating the success of our MA in Professional Education students

Our pioneering first cohort of MA in Professional Education students celebrated their graduation in style on Thursday 17th January with a ceremony in the Butterworth Hall at Warwick Arts Centre In the company of staff, family and friends they were awarded with their degree certificates by Baroness Ashton, Chancellor of Warwick University. The event was an opportunity to applaud their determination in completing their MA research alongside their demanding jobs as classroom teachers and school leaders.

Wed 23 January 2019, 11:31 | Tags: Postgraduate, MA, MA Professional Education

NQT awards evening 2018, celebrating the successes of our newly qualified teachers

The evening began with drinks reception and then continued in the Panorama suite at Warwick University with a lovely 3 course meal with Awards being presented between courses. The conclusion of the evening was a fantastic disco.

Mon 26 November 2018, 08:52

Primary SD Induction programme 2018 - 2019

The first of the Primary cohorts were welcomed to Westwood for the 4 day School Direct Induction,

Tue 11 September 2018, 16:20

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