Many questions still to answer, but we're on the right track, says SFCA chief exec Bill Watkin

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Many questions still to answer, but we're on the right track, says SFCA chief exec Bill Watkin

20th March 2020

Bill Watkin, chief executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said:

'It is not just the absence of exams and the uncertainty about how fair and accurate awards can be made for the current generations of 16- and 18-year-olds that is pre-occupying schools and colleges now. Teachers are thinking about how best to teach Year 11 and Year 13 students, who have, in effect, left and who will feel, with no exams ahead, that they have completed their programmes. The challenges of how to staff this in the face of extensive illness, and how to deliver it in the face of student demotivation, will have to be addressed, but to stop teaching Year 13 now could perhaps be interpreted as having been applying a principle of "teaching to the test".' Read more here.

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