A LEADING academic from Huddersfield is to lead an inquiry into the controversial schools testing system.
Sir Richard Sykes, of Slaithwaite, has been drafted in by the Tories.
Shadow children’s secretary Michael Gove announced he had asked former Imperial College Rector Sir Richard to lead a separate inquiry into the future of testing, assessment, examinations and qualifications.
Mr Gove said: “There is widespread concern that tests and exams are not rigorous, robust or relevant enough. I am delighted that Sir Richard has agreed to look into this whole area for us.”
The news comes as Ofsted warned that placing too much emphasis on preparing for tests means some children are not receiving a well-rounded education.
In a letter to the Commons schools select committee, Ofsted warned pupils were being limited in what they learnt because of a tendency to focus on passing tests.
More that 150,000 teenagers have been left without national test results this summer after problems with marking.
Questions have also been raised about the quality of the marking and appeals against results are expected to rocket this year.