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Teachers warn against A-level reform

Nansi Ellis, head of education policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said after A-level results were revealed today:

We are worried about the Government's plans for new look A-levels.

We hope the Government rethinks its plans to return to a system of A-levels that only benefited an elite group of students who did well with an intensive regime culminating in one set of final course exams.

We think the current system, with AS-levels as the first half of an A-level, is better for the vast majority of students.

– Nansi Ellis

'Outstanding' A Level results at Exeter school

All Sixth form pupils in the upper year at Maynard School in Exeter have gained their first choice of university.

The school says many will be studying at Russell Group universities (representing 20 leading UK universities) including Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, and St Andrews.

I am absolutely delighted with the performance ofall our students at A-level this year.

I am very proud of all theirachievements, and of the Maynard staff, whose academic and pastoral supportinspires the girls to work hard and to achieve highly year on year.”

– Bee Hughes, Headmistress.

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NUT: Education reforms will hurt disadvantaged pupils

Britain's biggest teachers' union said Government education reforms will harm the prospects of disadvantaged students in the future.

After A-level results were revealed today, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:

Today’s results demonstrate the continued high achievement of students and the hard work of their teachers.

It is likely that in future years, as a result of the decoupling of AS-Levels from A-Levels as well as end to modularity, fewer disadvantaged students will continue in education.

A-Levels are just one qualification in an overly complicated 14-19 education landscape, where there is a lack of parity of esteem between different types of qualification.

If A-Levels are the ‘gold standard’, then let us make our way towards a system in which vocational qualifications are afforded equal respect.

– Christine Blower, NUT

Bruton School's A Level results 'really fabulous'

More than 88% of girls at Bruton School in Somerset achieved A Level grades between A* and C.

The girls have worked so hard throughout the year and have been such fun to teach.

I am delighted that they have achieved the grades they need to further their education and the majority will go on to study at the University of their choice.”

– Fiona Donaldson, Head of Sixth Form.

I could not be happier with the results achieved this year; especially as this is my first year as headmistress at the school.

I am passionate about education and we are constantly looking at new ways to instil excellence in everything we do – these outstanding results show we are going from strength to strength and I am especially looking forward to the new academic year with our newly remodelled Sixth Form centre."

– Nicola Botterill, Headmistress.

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A-level subject gender gap 'worrying'

A teaching leader said he was "worried" about the huge variance in subjects chosen by girls and boys in their A-levels.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said teachers should challenge stereotypical views:

We need, as teachers, to try and raise awareness of these stereotypical views that occur.

But it's a societal thing as well; in wider society we need to try and break those stereotypical models. We need to show role models of people who are doing different things.

– Brian Lightman
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