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Too many exams in a day - claim; EDUCATION MATTERS.

Pupils preparing for GCSE and AS level exams are being put under extra pressure by timetabling problems, head teachers warned.

The National Association of Head Teachers said candidates face three or four exams in one day as more pupils sit a wider range of subjects.

It called on exam boards to co-ordinate schedules more effectively and Chris Howard, NAHT vice-president, said: "The exam boards need to do more to best co-ordinate their efforts so that youngsters don't have this problem of three or four examinations in one day. It can't encourage the best performance by them."

Former chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead also said the exam boards could better co-ordinate the exam timetables.

"But I also think that Ministers are responsible because they've encouraged more and more subjects to be offered at both GCSE and A level and, of course, the more subjects that are offered, the more likely it is that there are going to be clashes between different subjects and different exam boards," he said.

There were also concerns that exam congestion will become worse next year as old and new A level systems overlap.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 12, 2008
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