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GIVING EVIDENCE TO MIKE TOMLINSON'S INQUIRY INTO A LEVEL STANDARDS

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The NAHT met Mike Tomlinson at 12 Noon today. ...
The NAHT met Mike Tomlinson at 12 Noon today.

David Hart, general secretary NAHT, comments as follows:

'We made three key points to Mike Tomlinson today:

1. The NAHT produced evidence that chief examiners believed that coursework marks were massaged downwards. But the evidence remains anonymous because these examiners have a confidentiality clause built into their contracts. Geoffrey Robinson was sacked last year for making public his concerns.

Accordingly NAHT asked whether it was Mike Tomlinson's intention to meet chairs of examiners and chief examiners. He confirmed that it was, and that he would be requesting each of the three Boards to lift the confidentiality clause. This is crucial if we are to get behind the denials of the QCA and the Boards that any malpractice took place.

2. The suggestion that has been made that teachers are to blame for the A level fiasco was strongly rejected by NAHT. The idea that thousands of teachers in hundreds of schools have all been at fault is patently ludicrous.

3. The deadline for requesting re-marks should be extended so that all schools, which believe that their students have been unfairly treated, can have the opportunity to obtain re-marks.'

NOTE:

The NAHT represents well over 30,000 school leaders, including virtually every Special School head, 85% of all primary school heads, over 40% of all Secondary School heads, and over 9,000 deputy heads.

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