NUT: Universities to create new A-Levels

Commenting on Michael Gove’s proposals for a new set of A-Levels devised by universities, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;

“Yet again we see top down initiatives being brought into schools regardless of what the teaching profession may think.

“The NUT is very disappointed that Michael Gove has approached Ofqual without consulting the profession as well. Not only would it have been courteous it would also, more importantly, have been the most sensible approach.

“It is absolutely reasonable to look at the structure of A levels and to look at ways to encourage critical thinking. This however should be the case from the very start of children’s education.

“An obsession with league tables and unnecessary testing is stifling education from the reception class onwards. The Education Secretary can’t just decide to have a hands-off approach in one part of the education system yet want to take total control over the rest.”

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