Just as a postscript to my last blog, I attended the annual general meeting and prize-giving of the English Association last night. Got chatting with a couple of teachers, who confirmed the worries indicated in my last posting about formulaic examining. The feeling was that the gap between pupils’ educational experiences at school and what would be expected of them at university was growing. This was because, wheras in school pupils are now taught towards the exam, and guided very strongly by their teachers towards strategies which will help them accrue marks, at university independent thinking is prized. Therefore, even those with top grades can struggle as undergraduates. Bearing this in mind, this article in the Guardian this morning, setting out possible Tory plans to give universities a renewed say in school exams, were interesting and, for me, quite persuasive.

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