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HMC calls for reduction in exams

09/08/2011 Joanna
Those working in education jobs in the UK could see a reduction in the number of exams their students take if one body's advice is followed.

Geoff Lucas, secretary of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) recently called for pupils in the country to undergo less testing at secondary level.

Speaking to the Independent, the industry figure questioned the value of such exams and put forward proposals for prospective replacements.

"You have to ask yourself which exams are of most value at 16 to 18," Mr Lucas told the publication, "I think that then raises question about GCSE, AS and A-level."

He went on to query whether it was necessary to have all three of these exams in consecutive years.

Mr Lucas also suggested that GCSEs could be replaced with an alternative qualification.

Earlier in the month, examinations watchdog Ofqual reassured UK pupils that errors on exam papers this year would not impact their grades.

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