‘looking at the news’

For my blog post this week I am going to be looking at a recent news article and explore the different issues and opinions surrounding this. The link below will take you to the article I have chosen.


The proposed reform of the current exam system in the UK has been a hot topic for a while now with arguments for each side. It is an issue many feel very strongly about, especially students who have recently completed or are still studying A-levels and GCSEs.

The above article from The Independent reports on Mike Nicholson’s views on the government’s proposed plans for the educational overhaul. He is quoted as commenting on Michael Grove’s plans as, “another great example of the Government’s tendency to meddle in things they should probably really leave alone”. This alone shows that he feels quite strongly opposed to the government’s plans, and as someone who is working within the educational system his views have some backing to them. there is a definite general feels that there is little evidence that the current A-level and GCSE system needs changing at all; with Mike Griffiths, head of Northampton School for Boys and former president of the Association of School and College Leaders, stating the plans were ‘a solution in search of problem’.

There are strong arguments against the exam overhaul, but the government certainly feels that there is a need for change within the current educational system. Michael Grove feels that the current A-level system does not allow for pupils to develop a ‘deeper understanding’,  and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) report has stated that 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK came 21st out of 24 nations in English and 22nd out of a total 24 in Maths. the OECD statistics do give strong weighting behind a change to the educational system, the question is then what change needs to be made? As many feel the current plan won’t be beneficial.


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