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MODULAR A-LEVELS DID STUDENTS NO FAVOURS


Proposed changes to A-levels announced recently, by Education Secretary, Michael Gove, have been welcomed broadly by the deputy headmaster of one of the country's leading independent schools, who suggests that the current modular system should never have been introduced in the first place.

Speaking in response to Michael Goves plans to scrap the modular system in favour of one examination at the end of the two-year A-level course, Rossall Schools, Anton Maree said: Modularisation has never been good and, in my opinion, has actually hindered students, because the system doesnt prepare them for university. The system has made it easier to get A-levels, because students have been able to re-sit exams and theyve been spoon-fed at school, which doesnt provide the preparation needed for university, where research is a key factor.

Of course, thats why we introduced the International Baccalaureate at Rossall 14 years ago. The IB prepares students for university more effectively, because of its focus on the students abilities to research and enquire. It covers a much broader range of subjects over an 18-month period and ensures that students are capable of meeting the expectations of universities the world over.

Im favour of change, but one slight worry is the pace of it. Im concerned that Michael Gove is trying to change too much too soon, so whilst I welcome news of improvements to A-levels I would have liked to have seen some data on the effects of changes made to GCSEs last year, before embarking on such a transformation of A-levels. Timing aside though, I think its a step in the right direction and one from which students will benefit greatly.

Published: January 30 2013

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