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Exam system 'diseased', claims former education adviser

Publié par Clifford Armion le 17/09/2010

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Jessica Shepherd

"England's exam system is "diseased" and rife with "insider trading", a former government adviser has said in a book which lifts the lid on the ideological divisions over schools policy at the heart of New Labour.

"The book, Reinventing Schools, Reforming Teaching, is the first to look back at education policy under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and interviews several key players of the period, including some of Blair's closest advisers and officials.

"In it Mick Waters, formerly a director at the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency, accuses exam boards of being "almost corrupt" and claims they make profits by publishing textbooks that practically tell teachers what questions will appear in the exams the boards set.

"He says exam boards boast that their tests are the easiest to convince teachers to pick their syllabus, and they tell schools that their students will pass as long as they buy and follow the textbooks."

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"Exam system 'diseased', claims former education adviser", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2010. Consulté le 21/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/exam-system-diseased-claims-former-education-adviser