Badington House School


Published Wednesday 30th of January 2013 12:26:00 PM

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 Gove's plans to scrap the modular system in favour of one examination at the end of the two-year A-level course, Rossall School's, Anton Maree said: 'Modularisation has never been good and, in my opinion, has actually hindered students, because the system doesn't prepare them for university. The system has made it easier to get A-levels, because students have been able to re-sit exams and they've been spoon-fed at school, which doesn't provide the preparation needed for university, where research is a key factor.

'Of course, that's 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.

'I'm favour of change, but one slight worry is the pace of it. I'm 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 it's a step in the right direction and one from which students will benefit greatly.'

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