Citizen editor: A-level overhaul is not the answer Mr Gove
MICHAEL Gove's report card on the current exam system clearly reads could do better. But while he appears to be given a rather big D- to the A-level structure as it stands is what he is suggesting any better?
One big merit mark for his proposed changes announced is perhaps it would stop the debate over exams being dumbed down which rears its ugly head annually.
But really, we are not sure the answer is simply to make another drastic change to the exam system. It also only serves to add fuel to the fire of the A-levels were 'a lot harder in my day' brigade.
As today's results have shown in the performance tables, many of our county schools have done well. But this is down to good teaching where pupils of all abilities are given the chance to flourish.
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What message does it send all these hard working students and staff that we feel their graders are because the curriculum is not challenging enough?
Instead of an overhaul how about simply spending more time in the classrooms with teachers and students on the ground to see how they really feel about the process.
He might also find out how teachers really are getting the most from students and helping them achieve.
These examples of great teaching could then be held up for others to learn from.
He would certainly find some great examples here in Gloucestershire and he is more than welcome to pay us a visit.
'I DREAMED a dream I had a post box.' Not a quite as catchy as the Les Mis classic but the sentiment is there.
Hardly a dream but more of a nightmare for the residents of Fox Elms Road who have been without their post since before Christmas. They have now put their fight for its return to music in the form of a version of Do you hear the people sing? from the musical, now a hit film. Great timing and a great way to grab the headlines. Let's hope they are successful in their own mini revolution against Royal Mail.