A-Level Crisis: The Professionals' View
Sue Hay, 31, a history and sociology teacher at Greenford High School in west London, believes that the new A-level system has been a positive development for students, who now study a broader range of subjects.
"There is a danger of exam overload, particularly in the sixth form when kids sometimes want to retake AS or A2 modules to try to improve their grades even though that will increase the pressure. It's my job as a teacher to advise them about whether this is in their best interests or not.
I would stick with the present system. It has a lot to offer students and it does work. The high-profile nature of the present problems at least means they will be properly investigated and should never happen again."
Bob Reed, headteacher of the Anglo European School in Ingatestone, Essex, believes that students should sit fewer external exams.
"I have seen an increasing number of youngsters whose response to the exam pressures is to drop out or become ill. Young people are much more anxious about obtaining exam results. There is now so much depending on their grades. But if they do well they face …
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