Use of Data to Set Target Grades for Students

2 April 2018

Commenting after the debate on Motion 23, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:

“The Government’s obsession with measuring every inch of a child’s progress is damaging the quality of education and putting unnecessary stress and pressure on children and young people. Children develop at different paces and times throughout their school life. The current system of testing, with its set targets, fails to take this into account.

“Through this system of unreliable and narrow tests, many students are made to feel a failure. This approach benefits no one. Teachers know that this system is undermining the confidence and progress of children. They also know that the unreasonably high targets impact unfairly on pay progression. This is another reason why performance related pay is fundamentally inequitable and divisive.

“Government needs to change this toxic high-stakes testing culture. We need to start trusting teachers to teach, and give our children and young people the confidence and space in which to flourish.”

Editor’s Note

 Exam Factories? (2015) https://www.teachers.org.uk/education-policies/research/examfactories

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