Are A-Levels still the gold standard they used to be?
My answer is a resounding “No!” Several things have made it a lot easier to get an A grade:
- The Assessment Objectives: if pupils tick the right boxes, they’ll get a good grade
- Less stringent marking.
The old English A Level was a difficult exam to get an A grade in. Overwhelmingly, you had to write beautifully crafted essays to get A grades. Now you have to meet the Assessment Objectives and you’ll get full marks.
Talking on Radio 3’s Nightwaves about this with Estelle Morris tomorrow.