The Education Secretary has described the examination system as “discredited”, as hundreds of thousands of pupils across the country finish taking their A levels and GCSEs. Mr Gove said that GCSEs were not stretching enough
Michael Gove’s comments sparked a fierce backlash from teachers, parents and pupils after he questioned the difficulty of GCSEs and claimed universities were becoming disillusioned with A-levels while many pupils still have exams to sit.
Mr Gove, who is set to announce an overhaul of the exams for 16 and 18 year olds, said one of his main goals as Education Secretary was to “change our discredited exam system”.
But last night he was accused of breaking an unwritten rule by attacking secondary school qualifications at the height of the examinations season.
Brian Lightman, general secretary, of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “There is nothing more demoralising to these young people and their teachers than claims, often based on anecdotal evidence, that undermine the value of these achievements.”
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The new A-level curriculum will see universities help exam boards change their content to demand a deeper level of knowledge from pupils, which will prepare them better for independent learning as undergraduates.
Many A-levels and GCSEs will return to a system of examining pupils at the end of their two-year course, rather than taking tests at the end of each composite “module”.
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