It's students are getting brighter, not exams getting easier
STUDENTS in Gloucestershire are studying harder than ever before to get their GCSE and A-Level grades.
That is according to mother-of-four Shazzy Bryan, who has seen all of her children go through their GCSEs.
This comes after a new study dispelled the myth of exams getting harder and instead suggested that rather students were studying harder for their grades and were getting more intelligent.
In a survey of 2,066 adults conducted by Consumer Intelligence, half believed the rise in exam passes was driven by children being brighter, with just 38 per cent saying the improved grades were due to easier exams.
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And that is a sentiment echoed by Mrs Bryan, whose 17 year-old daughter Ayleanah passed her GCSEs last year at Gloucester Academy.
"My daughter worked hard for her results, and she got what she deserved," said Mrs Bryan, from Linden.
"I saw her, and her friends studying really hard so I don't think it is the exams getting easier at all, it is definitely down to the students and the adults they surround themselves with.
"I have always encouraged and motivated Ayleanah in her education and her attendance has always been excellent as a result."
The study also showed that nearly six in 10 adults believe it is unfair on pupils passing their GCSEs and A-Levels to claim their success is down to exams becoming easier.
Councillor Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people and strategic commissioning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Regardless of whether or not the exams are getting harder, Gloucestershire's pupils are performing better than other people in the country, considering the amount of school funding we have. What they have achieved is pretty exceptional.
"They can only perform to the standard they are being set, whether that is easier or harder than it used to be."
The research also shows exam success is seen as valuable for later life. Fifty-eight per cent of people believe that all or most of those who do well and go on to university or college will do better in life than those who do not.
Around 27 per cent of people believe that those who don't go on to higher education have the same chances in life.