England’s school exam system needs an overhaul to lower the mental burdens they place on teenagers striving for the “holy grail” of results, according to the new leader of the Girls’ School Association.
Samantha Price, head of Benenden School in Kent, wants reforms on how and when students are examined, including a possible delay to the start of degree courses until January rather than autumn, to allow students more time to make course applications, do work experience and learn skills such as financial literacy.
“I don’t think our current assessment system is any longer fit for purpose and I don’t think our university application system is fit for purpose. I don’t think it’s fair across the sectors and I also don’t think it caters for young people’s mental health,” Price said, in her first comments since taking the role as president of the GSA, which represents girls’ schools.
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Exam system in England needs an overhaul, says schools leader
The new president of the Girls’ School Association wants to lower the mental burdens placed on teenagers – by Samantha Price, head of Benenden School in Kent – The Guardian