Many think this summer’s examination replacement consultation is a bit of a dog’s dinner. The Department for Education/OFQUAL consultation seems more interested in re-establishing an examination system that’s not an examination system, then looking at ways to create a meaningful alternative in these pandemic times. Some have already expressed the fear that this summer will be as chaotic as last year.Continue reading
Within the Department for Education/Ofqual’s consultation on this year’s exam replacement there are a whole series of distractions and much confused, woolly thinking. The key challenge that requires addressing – and was missed last year in the need to move rapidly to a centre assessed grade – is the comparability between grades awarded in different schools/ centres. This is the basis for having a national examination system and is totally missed in the consultation in favour of some ill-defined “external quality assurance by the exam boards” in June.Continue reading
Next Sunday is the start of Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas. For many this has been the longest year of their lives; paradoxically where did the year go? Too many school leaders and staff are on their knees as they try to manage the on-going impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the season of goodwill starting in just over a month, here are five ideas that Messrs Williamson & Gibb could implement to prepare for Christmas and make up for their less than stellar performances so far this year.Continue reading