Paul Blomfield raises student concerns in Parliament

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield raised exam concerns among A-level students in Parliament yesterday.

He asked junior Education minister Nick Gibb to look into the concerns of some of his constituents.

Blomfield visited several schools during his ‘Big Conversation’ series of events, speaking to students going through their exams.

He said: “One of the issues that concerned them all was the move away from coursework to closed exams, believing that it provides an incomplete assessment of their abilities; discriminates against those unwell on the day of an exam and is a contributory pressure in growing mental health problems.”

In response, Gibb said that they have already looked into this, but coursework was taking up large amounts of teaching time, as was the “culture of resits”.

Speaking after the debate, Blomfield said he was disappointed with the Minister for not engaging with the concerns put forward, and will continue to push for a proper answer.

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