Academy Trust founder calls for revamp of GCSEs to test 'children’s character and integrity’

Steve Chalke says headmasters of some of the biggest schools in England already know that GCSEs are 'too narrow'

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Schools aren’t testing children’s “character and integrity” enough, an expert has told Nigel Farage.

Steve Chalke, founder of the Oasis Academy Trust says that headmasters of some of the biggest schools in England already know that GCSEs are “too narrow”.

Mr Chalke has urged for digital technology to be added to school learning in order to “broaden” children's skills.

Steve Chalke
Steve Chalke
Mr Chalke in discussion with Nigel Farage
Mr Chalke in discussion with Nigel Farage

Speaking on GB News, Mr Chalke said: “Classroom learning matters, but our idea of learning, you’ll probably find that even the headmaster of Dulwich College, I may be taking his name in vein.

“But I certainly know the headmaster of Harrow and Eton and Lord Baker who introduced GCSEs all say together is the problem with GCSEs is that they are too narrow, they are too rigid.

“What we need is a wider way of testing a young person’s intelligence.”

He added: “We’ve got to measure what’s in your head, how you use your hands and what is in your heart.

“You can leave school in our society being very good at short term memory, you can remember the classics, you can do very well.

“Who's testing your character, your integrity, your ways of telling the truth?

“Introducing digital technology into learning broadens things out, you talked about kids that are going to leave school and work with their hands and be engineers or whatever, they need digital skills to do it.”