Poor planning 'will lead to further turmoil' for schools

Poor planning and delay over changes to qualifications and other reforms will lead to three years of turmoil for students and teachers, the Association of School and College Leaders will warn at its conference today in Birmingham.

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Government 'must respond to education reform delays'

The Association of School and College Leaders General Secretary Brian Lightman is due to call on the government to respond unanswered questions over reforms to qualifications such as the GCSEs, after warning that students and teachers faced another three years of turmoil.

ASCL Curriculum and Qualifications Specialist Sue Kirkham, who is leading a seminar on the reforms at the conference today in Birmingham, said:

We don't yet know what format these examinations will take, what the precise content of the syllabus will be in most subjects or what kinds of questions will be asked.

All of this needs to be known before teachers and school leaders can plan effectively in order to prepare from them. Also, awarding bodies need to be trusted to brief teachers ahead of the changes so that teachers can begin to prepare.

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