Qualifications watchdog wants simpler exams for bilingual children

Ofqual has announced that primary school exams will be simplified to help pupils whose first language is not English, but critics say it is an ‘erosion of exam standards’.  Helpful for some children or an insult – what do you think of Ofqual’s plans?

Ofqual is instructing test writers to use simpler language and bigger fonts to accommodate children who speak another language at home , are colour blind or have learning difficulties, the Daily Mail reports.

The watchdog believes that using complex language could pose a problem for ‘inexperienced readers’ sitting Sats tests and that the changes will give all children an equal chance to show their knowledge and understanding. However, Chris McGovern from the Campaign for Real Education described the move as ‘an insult’ to bilingual children, saying: “A lot of them are very bright, motivated and better at English than native speakers – and they won’t want to be sitting an exam that’s been skewed for their sake.”

Helpful for some children or an insult – what do you think of Ofqual’s plans?

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