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ATL comment on Ofqual statistics on the perception of A-levels and GCSEs

ATL | Association of Teachers and Lecturers

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Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said

“It is not clear how useful this survey is, given that qualification reform is going ahead anyway despite many concerns. We continue to be worried about the constant change in GCSEs and A-levels, and the incorrect marking of exam papers; all concerns which have been expressed before.

“This survey confirms that headteachers and teachers don’t agree that GCSE standards are maintained year-on-year and that the accuracy of the marking of GCSEs has deteriorated in the last year. It is also no surprise that the majority of school professionals, young people and parents agreed there is too much change in the GCSE system. This constant change in the exam system, either at GCSE or A-level, was the most frequently chosen source of concern.

“Sadly, headteachers, teachers and parents will not be any happier in the future, particularly given the introduction of the 9-1 grading system in September and the mess that will ensue.”

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