THERE will be much debate in a couple of weeks about what important state exams results mean when they are published, but I think we should be thinking about the pressure on students and celebrating all the hard work put in by students throughout the year, not just for the couple of days after the results are published.
At the moment, I am among the group of anxious parents awaiting the results of both A Levels and GCSEs. Having watched my children go through the education system, I have concluded they are one of the most examined cohorts of children: from SATs at primary school through GCSEs, AS and finally A Levels.
Hardly a school holiday has gone by without someone in our family preparing for mock exams or the real thing. But whatever the results are, what will they feel about their education when it is over?
Did it stretch and inspire them or did they feel squeezed through a sausage machine of one-size fits all attainment? I wonder.
We are lucky here in Solihull. There are many good schools who teach beyond the bare bones of the curriculum, whose teachers give of their time freely to share a passion for sport, music or other hobbies.
The Grace Academy is a great success story of development towards educational excellence with 49% of its pupils attaining 5 GCSEs and in fact more than that – they have learnt a new ethos of aspiration for their futures and preparation for the world of work or further study.