3 April 2012

million+ comment on changes to A-levels

The university think-tank million+ has responded to the potential changes to A-Levels set out in a letter from the Education Secretary Michael Gove, to the exam regulator Ofqual. Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+, said: “A-level courses and qualifications must be fit for purpose for employers as well as all universities. This is a much more complex task than simply getting a few academics together especially when you bear in mind the huge range of subjects and courses.

“At a meeting with representatives from across higher education Ministers were advised very clearly that universities did not consider that the A-level system was ‘broken’. Education Ministers appear to have ignored this advice and by promoting reform without any additional funding the costs of involving academics are likely to be passed onto schools by the Exam Boards.”

Notes to editors:

  1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Victoria Mills on 0207 717 1659 or 07900 277819.