GCSEs 2022: Top private schools claim that ‘narrow’ GCSE exams are no longer appropriate.

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Top private schools say ‘narrow’ GCSE exams are no longer fit for purpose in 2022.

The current assessment system, according to Sarah Fletcher, high mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, is “falling short.”

According to research, the majority of teachers in both public and private schools, as well as parents and students, believe that GCSEs are no longer fit for purpose in their current form.

Exams are currently too narrowly focused and failing to prepare young people for the 21st Century, according to a report authored by the high mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School and backed by the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) group of private schools.

Only 6% of 789 school leaders, teachers, parents, students, university staff, and other education workers thought GCSEs were “perfectly fit for purpose,” according to a survey of 789 school leaders, teachers, parents, students, university staff, and other education workers.

Fifty-four percent wanted reform to begin right away, while 35% wanted it to happen after a “consolidation period following the pandemic.”

It “should not be considered at this time,” according to 7% of the respondents.

According to the report, the current educational system fails to “promote the values, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills” that young people require.

Exams, it claims, are more effective at serving university goals than at “encouraging learner development or motivating engagement in education.”

It also claims that teachers have an “appetite” for using technology to assess students.

Teachers were clear “that the current educational system is falling short,” according to Sarah Fletcher, the high mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School in London.

“Since the curriculum was created, the world has changed,” she said.

“While it is recognized that acquiring knowledge and qualifications are important, they are currently limiting broader learning.

More emphasis on curiosity and a love of learning is needed so that young people develop the flexible, adaptable mindsets they will need to upskill and reskill later in life.”

The report recommends that the government appoint an independent review to examine curriculum and assessment reform.

It comes at a time when the exam system is already under fire in the aftermath of the pandemic, with some questioning whether it is helping to prepare young people for the future.

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News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.

Top private schools say ‘narrow’ GCSE exams are no longer fit for purpose in the year 2022.

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