Round-up of GCSE and A-level results over the summer
September 8, 2017
While A-level results remain stable compared to last year, there has been a sharp decline in AS level entry, as AS-levels are gradually being “decoupled” from A-levels. This has raised concerns that the post-16 curriculum is being narrowed. Geoff Barton,General Secretary of ASCL, said: “Combined with the decline in AS level entries as a result of the government’s ill-conceived decision to decouple these qualifications from A-Levels, we are seeing a significant narrowing of the post-16 curriculum”.
In terms of GCSE results, our key message to governors and trustees is to be very cautious of making comparisons between the “new” (1-9) reformed qualifications and the equivalent qualifications from previous years, and to avoid “knee-jerk reactions” if results appear to have dipped. Read Emma Knights’ (Chief Executive of the NGA) and Geoff Barton’s (General Secretary of ASCL) article in the TES: It’s impossible to compare GCSE results, so don’t try.