Gove praises exam benefits
Passing an exam gives children a "pleasurable rush", boosting their happiness and encouraging them to learn, Michael Gove has claimed.
In a speech to the Independent Academies Association conference this afternoon, the Education Secretary backed more rigorous testing in schools, arguing that easy exams are worse than no exams - as they fail to motivate pupils.
“There is no feeling of satisfaction as deep, or sustained, as knowing we have succeeded through hard work at a task, which is the upper end, or just beyond, our normal or expected level of competence," he said.
"Exams pitched at a level which all can easily pass are worse than no exams at all. Unless there is stretch in the specification, and application is required to succeed, there will be no motivation, no satisfaction and no support for those who need it."
Meanwhile, the Times reports the number of civil servants in the Department for Education will be slashed, under new measures that could be replicated across Whitehall.
The paper claims as many as a thousand bureaucrats - a quarter of the department's workforce - face the chop as spending falls by £290m.