Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Students Are Being 'Tested to Destruction', Ofsted Warns

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Students Are Being 'Tested to Destruction', Ofsted Warns

Article excerpt

Learners coming into colleges have often been "tested to destruction", Ofsted chair David Hoare has warned.

Speaking at last week's Teach First Impact Conference in Leeds, he said that while there was a culture of viewing university as "the golden train", half the population ended up in FE colleges. "And [when] these FE colleges take these young people, many of them have been tested to destruction," he added.

Mr Hoare told the audience that he was beaten in school for not knowing his Latin vocabulary, until he learned to cheat.

"But when it came to Latin O level, I couldn't do it. I couldn't pass it. I failed Latin five times at O level," he said. "I was reminded of that with FE when you have had a tough time at GCSE and you have failed and you are told you are stupid."

Achieving a C grade in maths and English was a difficult task, he stressed. "These are kids who are tested to destruction, bored silly, not excited, and required to sit in the classroom. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.