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Published: August 17, 2020

Exam Stress for Students is Unacceptable

I'm delighted that the Government has finally announced a U-Turn on exam results and that they will now be based on the Teacher Assessments.

I know many teachers and know that they spent considerable time making the really tough calls over who should be awarded what, and don't envy them having to make those decisions.

The stress and upset caused to young people and their families over the past week has been unacceptable - I certainly know the upset for my own niece when her grades came back lower than expected and her university place was in question.

Of course this should never have happened, but equally the circumstances were completely unexpected.

But it could have been avoided if we had not seen the phasing out of course work and total reliance on exams that we now have.

This has always been a bad idea - we judge several years learning all on the performance of an individual on one or maybe two days. Why? The old method of continuous coursework and testing throughout the course was a far more reliable method of actually capturing a learners true ability and would have meant that there was much better evidence for teachers and the authorities to call on when having to estimate grades in these unique circumstances.

In the mean time, I hope that the changes may mean more peace of mind for many learners our there and it is still stressing you out and you need someone to talk you - remember that here in Melksham you can always call our TeenTalk service on 01225 667328 or visit TeenTalk.org.uk.

And to those expecting their GCSE results on Thursday - good luck (and never has luck been a more important element!) and remember, today's exam results will mean very little in years to come.

You can always get in touch with Cllr Jon Hubbard

01225 807969
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