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'NO FAIL' KEYSTAGE EXAMS

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School examination chiefs are to remove all risk of failure from key national tests by replacing the current F for ...
School examination chiefs are to remove all risk of failure from key national tests by replacing the current F for 'fail' grade with an N for 'nearly', according to The Sunday Telegraph (p1).

The changes include instructions that markers are to grade maths exam answers as either 'creditworthy' or 'not creditworthy' instead of correct or incorrect.

Guidelines explaining the changes were sent by the government's Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to the markers of this summer's national curriculum exams. The instructions cover English, maths and science exams at key stages one, two and three, which are taken by seven, 11 and 14-year-olds in all state schools and some private schools.
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