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Eton head hits out at how Britain tests its 16-year-old school pupils

Eton head hits out at how Britain tests its 16-year-old school pupils

Francis Batt

Eton head hits out at how Britain tests its 16-year-old school pupils

The headteacher at Eton college has attacked the 'peculiarly unimaginative way' in which Britain tests its 16-year-old school pupils.

Tony Little, 59, has been headteacher at the world famous school which was founded in the 15th century since 2002. He was educated there as a boy.

He has never been backward in making his views known. But his criticism of the country's approach to exams is likely to cause a stir in a week where 600,000 pupils across the country receive their GCSE results.

Mr Little said: "It seems to me odd we place such stress on all 16-year-olds taking the same subjects in an identical way, when skills they will need in the world of work are very different.

"As a nation we are peculiarly unimaginative about the way we organise examinations for 16-year-olds, relying on the Victorian model of sitting on your own writing.

"We do a rigorous examination of what they know but it is just as important for young people have the experience of working in a team - perhaps in groups of four. We should be more imaginative on how we assess young people."

Mr Little caused a stir two years ago when he told the International Boys School coalition that boys often lost out in co-educational schools because they could not articulate their emotions as well as girls.

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