Workload an issue on GCSE reforms.
Teachers will reject plans for reforming GCSEs expected to be put forward this month, unless the Government makes sure the changes do not increase their workload, unions have warned.
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Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. of schools Mike Tomlinson Sir Mike Tomlinson CBE is the chair of the Working Group for 14-19 Reform which has been commissioned by the British Government to look into reform of the syllabus and qualifications structure for 14–19 year-olds in the English education system. is heading a review of education for 14-16 year-olds and is expected to publish his final report within the next fortnight fort·night
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One proposal is reported to be that most GCSEs would be replaced with an exam which teachers mark themselves.
The Tomlinson report would recommend that teachers are trained as chartered examiners to oversee internal assessment in schools.
But teachers are worried that moving away from external exams could put greater pressure on staff.
Headteachers and business leaders in the North gave Mr Tomlinson's interim recommendations a broad welcome.
It is thought that his final report will recommend a move towards a diploma-style system to replace A-levels and GCSEs.
But John Bangs, from the National Union of Teachers, said: "There is a big question mark over work-load and teachers are very weary of change.
"Unless there's a fundamental understanding that there's time available for proper, structured teacher assessment, then what is otherwise a very good proposal is going to get knocked back."
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