NASUWT: No evidence to support govt claims that unis concerned about A levels

Commenting on media reports that Cambridge University is to design and set a new maths A-level, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:

"Some of the media headlines do not reflect accurately the situation.

"As Cambridge University has made clear, it has developed resources to support teachers and students of mathematics, but has not drawn up plans for a new maths A-level.

"Most of the university sector has serious misgivings about taking on responsibility for designing A-levels.

"The real story is that Michael Gove's plans for A-level reform are not based, as he appears to be claiming, on evidence of widespread concerns in the higher education sector about the rigour and relevance of A-levels. Despite this, he has taken the decision to try to foist on the higher education sector direct roles and responsibilities with regard to A-level design that many academics do not want.”


Lena Davies
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