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Danish teachers bemused by 'backward-looking' exam reforms

25/09/2012 Joanna
Danish teachers visiting a school in Suffolk were left bemused when the head teacher explained to them the exam reforms announced recently by Michael Gove.

Geoff Barton, of King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, told the East Anglian Daily Times that the Scandinavian contingent considered the move away from coursework and modular assessment proposed by the education secretary to be "backward looking".  

"They think that after 11 years in education, every pupil should achieve as much as possible, whereas we have an exam system that if more people do well, it must be failing," Mr Barton said.

While Mr Gove favours a "rigorous" three-hour exam at the end of the year, Denmark makes room for oral as well as written assessment.

"[This] is recognition that students learn and express themselves in different ways," added Mr Barton. "This isn't considered dumbing down."

Those in teachings jobs will have until 2015 to prepare for the new English Baccalaureate.

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