September 29, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

Trust teachers and scrap GCSE exams says Plaid Cymru

A Plaid Cymru government would get rid of a ‘one size fits all’ examination approach Siân Gwenllian MS, will outline today, Wednesday (Sep 30) along with key education policies that a Plaid Cymru government would deliver, including scrapping the traditional and inflexible GCSE exam system.

Ms Gwenllian, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Education Minister, will be speaking at the Plaid Cymru conference, and her message is that “now is the time” to move away from traditional methods that see a child’s future largely shaped by their ability to perform in artificial exam conditions.

Ms Gwenllian says that since the pandemic has forced the education system in Wales to assess grades based on a learner’s work, the need for change is even more prominent.

Ms Gwenllian says that it is “only right” that Wales’ new curriculum is aligned with a fit-for-purpose qualification system that assesses and develops wider skills that will help support the aims and purposes of the curriculum.

The Welsh Government announced the new Curriculum for Wales framework in July 2020, and Ms Gwenllian says that students now face a “mismatched learning experience” if the way they are assessed is not aligned with the new curriculum.

Siân Gwenllian said:

“Many teachers welcome the freedom that will come with the brand new curriculum, but this must be matched with a revolution in the qualification system. When our teaching is based on