Sir Tony is backing a proposal to replace the current exams system in England with a new qualification that would involve “rigorous forms of continuous assessment”, between the ages of 16 and 18.
Instead of high-pressure GCSE exams, 16-year-olds would have a series of “low-stakes assessments” to help inform their education choices and hold schools to account.
The tests would include a mixture of moderated teacher assessments and standardised tests.
Not because it will be better, but because it must be new, right? Obvious, innit?
Strangely, Finland, that supposedly best education system in the world, that age is exactly when that system is becoming very selective and test oriented……