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'Exam success makes children happy!' says Gove

14 November 2012

The education secretary Michael Gove is speaking at the Independent Academies Association conference today and is expected to call for a tough exam system in England. He is expected to argue that easy exams are worse than no exams at all and children who work hard and push themselves to succeed will be happier, have more self-belief and be motivated to endeavour further and enjoy deeper learning.

The general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower, has commented on the speech preview stating that, 'Michael Gove appears to have little grasp of what is already in the curriculum.'

'The education secretary needs to stop his obsession with engineering an education system which only the few will navigate and look at recognising all achievement not just that of his schooldays.'

The arguments serve to highlight the difficulty in engineering a system to challenge, motivate and reward children of all abilities.

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