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New pressure group outlines education reforms

23/10/2012 Joanna
A new pressure group has come up with a five-point plan for how it believes the education system should be reformed.

The group, which was formed by a number of people in teaching jobs who met on the microblogging platform Twitter, is unhappy with the current system.

Outlining their proposals to the Guardian, the group said it wants to see schools assessed in a range of ways (not just on grades); Ofsted replaced by local partnerships; control of the curriculum and assessment given to an independent agency; families of schools and not national chains; and the abolishment of grade caps.

Following widespread dismay in recent weeks about the way GCSEs have been handled, the group is looking to represent the interests of teaching professionals.

"We want to put forward the voices of people who know what they are doing," education writer and blogger Ian Gilbert told the news provider.

"People who are in it for the kids, for the right reasons, to discuss what has and hasn't been good and come up with some concrete alternatives."

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