Labour: A-level reforms are 'turning the clock back'

Stephen Twigg, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, said:

Yet again Michael Gove is all about turning the clock back. This plan would narrow the options for young people.

It's no wonder leading universities like Oxford and Cambridge say this is a mistake.

We need to have more high quality options available to at age 16, including all young people studying English and Maths to 18.

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Fewer exams under A-level reform

A-levels are to be reformed so pupils focus more on learning and less on "the obstacle course of exams", the Education Secretary told ITV News in an exclusive interview. AS-levels will become stand-alone qualifications for 17-year-olds.