26 Aug '14

News Why exam success isn't everything | Estelle Morris

Those who have done well in GCSEs and A-levels should celebrate, but a rounded education is about more than good gradesIn the school year, August is synonymous with exam results. For the examined, they mark the end of one phase of life and influence the choices for the next; for teachers and schools they are a time of public accountability and for the nation, they are viewed as an indicator of national success.Many of us have an uneasy relationship with the status we have given to the assessment industry. On the one hand, we bemoan a culture that only values the things that can be measured and we fret about the pressures placed on "the most examined generation of children". Yet, on the other, when it is our children or our school, exams are hugely influential on the decisions we make. Continue reading...

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