Skip to content

Education, A’ level standards

November 3, 2005

Are standards falling? If so who’s to blame.

Some years ago my headteacher talked to me about falling number of students taking A’ level Physics and falling grades. He asked me why we used one particular syllabus. I told him it was because it was challenging and interesting and that successful students have really proved how much Physics they know and that it was a good basis for University study. He reiterated that fewer students were choosing it and that average grades were falling. I thought this was because one third (the Physics part) of a double award Science GCSE was not as good as a GCSE or O’ level in Physics and that their Maths was weaker. Could I do anything about this? No. His solution: choose an easier A’ level syllabus. So I did.

It being a new syllabus, there was a shortage of specifically matching text books. I found that 90% of the first year of the A level course was covered with old O’ level books. What does that tell you?

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: