Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“There is a growing awareness that the English system of assessment and qualifications is a barrier to learners’ development and a burden upon their teachers. The union will step up its campaign to transform the assessment and qualifications system at both primary and secondary levels. There are new possibilities for an alliance that can achieve fundamental and lasting change. Through initiating independent commissions on secondary and primary assessment, the union is working with researchers and a broad range of organisations in order to do so.”


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