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Testing, testing and more testing

It’s been a long, hot exam season. But this year has seen even more pressures than usual, with the introduction of the new GCSEs and A levels. Testing and high stakes exams have become the new normal for our children – from baseline testing for 4 year olds, through to memorising large chunks of text for students taking English GCSE.

This isn’t the educational experience we think children need.

RoS contines to campaign vigorously against baseline testing 4 year olds, and our long-standing concerns about SATs featured in our last newsletter.

We want to know what you think about the new GCSEs and A Levels, so we can direct our campaign efforts most effectively.

Here are links to two surveys: one for secondary school teachers/leaders, and one for parents.

They are very short, but include an option for you to comment freely on the new exams and the impact they have had for your children or pupils.

Please share the links on social media and with friends and colleagues.


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Don’t get me started . … My son has Asperger’s syndrome and has just finished GCSEs . Ridiculously hard and he feels a failure doing mocks , before leaving school . He’s lots to offer , he’s just not an academic . Most of maths is not used in daily life and it’s utterly wrong to flog , otherwise able people , into taking that again and again . Why does he need to pass that to study art ?

  2. The most un inclusive system for over 30 years. Completely out of touch with modern thinking about learning and expressing what you have learnt. Ofcourse the private schools rejected it and have done the easier and fairer international GCSE’s. My daughter has just done her GCSE s and spent a year of hell stressing . Her peers were all the same. This stress is not needed or good when learning. The pressure on children to achieve actually the impossible ( adding a level content without being taught it) is cruel. Shame on this government.

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