Testing, Testing…

I had to share this because what my friend has said here is 100% important and I could never have worded it so succinctly.

Lots of Words and Nothing to Say

I think it’s fair to say that, by Government standards, I had a pretty successful education. I achieved max levels in my Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 Sats, earned 10 GCSEs at Grade C or above including 3 A* grades, got an A and 2 Bs at A-Level, and a 2:1 degree at University. The question I want to pose to you today is this: are these scores the only way of defining what a successful education should look like?

Across the UK right now, millions of 10- and 11-year-olds will be breathing a sigh of relief as their Year 6 (Key Stage 2) Sats have drawn to a close, while many more older children start to gear up in preparation for their imminent GCSE and A-Level exams. No matter how you word it, phrase it or angle it, tests like these place an enormous amount of pressure on…

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