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The government’s promise to ensure all pupils have access to distance learning is another broken one.

The measures announced – advance warning of topics, taking aids into exams, contingency papers for those suffering any disruption during the exam period – will all favour advantaged pupils. John Gaskin Bainton, East Riding of Yorkshire  The secretary of  Guide 2 Passing state is putting forward changes to the 2021 examinations in the vain attempt to make them “fair” despite the inevitable impossibility of doing so given the variations in students’ Covid-related exposure to teaching and learning. The professional associations seem to have accepted this unsatisfactory fudged situation. Do they not have faith in their members’ professional judgments? Why attempt the impossible and possibly have to U-turn eventually, so creating yet more stress for teachers and students? Why not rely, as in 2020, on moderated teacher assessments, given that universities and colleges have not raised any outcry about teaching the students assessed in that way? One answer: this rightwing government does not trust teachers and is obsessed with the “GCSE and A-level gold standards” Exam Dumps despite a lack of professional consensus on the reliability of externally set, unseen, timed examinations as the sole means of assessing students’ performance. Prof Colin Richards Former HM inspector of schools  Throughout the examination results fiasco earlier this year, the education secretary parroted the same mantra that end-of-course exams are the best system of measuring learning. He frequently added that this view was “widely accepted”.

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