Giving students the best chance to shine – FE News


Michael Gove’s recent education reforms seek to address the concern that about 20% of our young people leave school illiterate and innumerate. But instead of ‘dumbing down’ testing and performance measures, we should instead be seeking ways to demonstrate an individual’s qualifications. The occupational landscape is set to be very different by 2030 which means that our assessment landscape needs to support the economy and demonstrate the relevant skills required for a role.
In particular the vocational qualification landscape is changing and our remit is to ensure we continue to recognise people’s skills, knowledge and experience. It is for this compelling reason that I strongly believe in the merits of appropriate recognition of skills. I do not believe that this should always be a formal qualification. What we should be aiming for is high quality appropriate assessment that recognises learning styles, Industry requirements and allows learners to be recognised in some form for their achievements.

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