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‘I wish they would write more clearly’: students speak out about marking

If we are honest, teachers are not renowned for abstaining from moaning. Get a few of us together, and it probably won’t be long before the topic of marking raises its ugly head. The teaching union NASUWT recently condemned “overly bureaucratic and workload-intensive marking policies” in schools and their impact on teachers’ work-life balance. Just[…]

Do academies get better results?

Schools that push pupils into taking “GCSEs in karaoke” and courses in word processing in an attempt to boost their league table positions are to face renewed scrutiny from the Department for Education and Ofsted inspectors. The DfE said it was looking closely at GCSE-equivalent qualifications such as the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), which[…]