The NEU is campaigning for a better, fairer system of assessment in secondary education. There is agreement among educators, parents and academics that the current high-stakes system is not fit for purpose.
The focus on assessing GCSEs and A Levels solely via end-of-course exams simply does not prepare students for life after school or college. Throughout school, the pressures caused by high-stakes tests and exams are having a detrimental impact on children’s wellbeing.
This country’s over-reliance on a rigid, one size fits all exam system, and Government's continued insistence on defunding vital BTECs and CAMTECs, is unsustainable and doesn’t meet the various challenges facing young people, our society and our economy in the 21st century.