Alevel exam reforms favour middle class former chief examiner says

An unintended consequence of the revamped A-levels is that “negotiability” has returned to the system, according to Dr Tony Breslin. Exam reforms favour the middle class, a former chief examiner has said as he warns that the decline of AS levels leaves the system open to manipulation. This summer is the third year of students to take the reformed qualifications, where modules were axed in a bid to toughen up courses and better prepare students for university. Dr Breslin said that the AS level was a “valuable staging post”, but its decline has led to a renewed emphasis on predicted grades. Parents who are familiar with the system may demand that teachers give their children higher predicted grades…