I feel very concerned that parents and their children may not know who they can trust as a result of what has happened over the GCSE grading this year.
Teachers are certainly having a crisis of confidence in how our authorities have handled the debacle.. We require a system to work to maintain confidence.
This enables teachers to teach pupils effectively, what they need to know and do to get the grades they require for what they want to achieve in life.
Teachers are focused on helping their classes understand what they need to do and motivating individuals to work harder to make greater progress towards their ambitions.
Therefore, it cannot be fair for the rules to be changed without anyone knowing.
It is unfair on those with the responsibility to ‘coach’ and is grossly unfair on those taking part in the striving for achievement.
What has happened is not a sensible way to raise standards because it breeds uncertainty, creates negativity and demotivates people.
Unfortunately, we have been let down by national organisations who should have known better.
What do you do when you have created something that does not work? Punish those who did not create it? I think not. What happened was a GCSE examination in English, created several years ago, that this summer caused the national authorities a problem.
They tried to solve it in a way that was unfair to those who had not been the instigators of the problem.
They thought they could get away with it because they were the national authority.
Thankfully, in our democracy, questions were asked and their authority was challenged.
Only time will tell whether or not humility prevails, the authorities admit the extent of the wrong-doing and apologise accordingly.
I hope they do because those wronged young people deserve nothing less.