4 September 2012

million+ questions government’s A-level reforms at parliamentary roundtable

The university think-tank million+ is holding a roundtable in the House of Commons today (Tuesday 4 September) to discuss the Government’s proposals for A-level examinations. The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, announced in April that he wanted A-levels to be reviewed by Ofqual, the exam regulator, and for new A-levels in some subjects to be taught in schools from September 2014. In his letter to Ofqual Michael Gove said that the DfE should no longer have responsibility for A-levels and that he wanted A-levels to be approved by some universities in the future. In June Ofqual published a consultation outlining how the A-level reforms could be progressed but teachers, universities and employers have all expressed concerns about the proposals.

The roundtable, What are A-levels for?, is being hosted by Graham Stuart MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee and will bring together representatives from schools, universities, the CBI, the Department for Education and exam boards as well as Ofqual.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+ said: “After the questions raised about the grading of this summer’s GCSEs, the Government would be unwise to push through proposals for A-level reform which many experts consider are unworkable and on a timetable that is too tight. There is an urgent need for MPs to take an interest in reforms that will have an impact on thousands of students. This roundtable offers an opportunity for them to hear from representatives of schools, universities and employers.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. A report of the roundtable discussion will be published. For more information or for interviews with Pam Tatlow please contact Drew Lindon on 020 7717 1655 or 07900 277819, drewlindon@millionplus.ac.uk
  2. The Ofqual consultation on A-level reforms runs until the 11 September. More information can be found on the Ofqual website here