Pupils are NOT tested too much, says Ofsted: New chief clashes with teachers and parents by saying it's a myth children do too many exams

Ofsted's new chief inspector has clashed with parents and teaching unions by claiming it’s a ‘myth’ that pupils are over-tested.


Amanda Spielman dismissed the notion that youngsters in English schools are made to sit too many exams.


Speaking in her first week as head of education watchdog, Ofsted, Ms Spielman pointed out that pupils in this country are tested no more than their counterparts around the world.


She told the Times Educational Supplement: ‘I think there’s a bit of a myth around that we have a massively over-tested set of students.’


The former chair of the exams regulator, Ofqual, pointed to research into international testing comparisons carried out by the exam board, Cambridge Assessment.


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