Parents warning of over-reliance on exams

PARENTS have backed calls for the influence of school exams such as Highers to be reduced.The Scottish Parent Teacher Council said families were concerned an over-reliance on qualifications led to teachers “teaching to the test”.The comments came after independent educational consultant Keir Bloomer suggested schools should reduce the importance of “seriously distorting” exams and consider abandoning Highers in future. He warned that secondary schools had become obsessed with delivering qualifications rather than developing the wider strengths of pupils. And he said exams were now being used by employers and universities as the only measure of whether a candidate was suitable for a job or further study. Eileen Prior, executive director of the SPTC, said: “While the evidence is that over-assessment and testing does not support good learning, we are moving…


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