Education and Lifelong Learning

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:44 pm on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Opposition Whip (Commons) 3:44 pm, 6th November 2001

Does my hon. Friend agree that the crisis in teachers' morale is certainly not helped when they find that their hard work with their pupils is not rewarded when exams come to be marked? At Doctor Challoner's high school in my constituency, which is an excellent grammar school, all the key stage 3 English tests had to be remarked, resulting in 54 pupils having their levels raised and five pupils having them dropped. Does my hon. Friend agree that we need reliable test results in which teachers, parents and pupils can have confidence?