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August update

28th August 2018

Many local families (including the Perry household!) will have been anxiously awaiting A Level and GCSE exam results these last two weeks. 

I so hope that all the hard work that our young people put in over the last few months will have paid off. 

As many will know, the previous Conservative Government reformed GCSEs and A Levels to better prepare young people.

The new national curriculum and reformed tests and qualifications are designed to ensure that students receive the rounded, knowledge-rich education that they need.

As a result of these changes, and our wider school reforms, there are now 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010, representing 86% of pupils compared to 66% in 2010. 

A Levels have been reformed to improve students’ readiness for the demands of higher education, and we are now starting to see the changes in action – with the A Level results this year showing the number of pupils achieving the top grades up slightly, while the number of pass grades down slightly.

Alongside this, GCSEs have been reformed to be more rigorous, matching expectations in countries with the highest performing education systems, and have a new grading scale from 9 to 1.

The new grading scale better differentiates between the highest performing students and distinguishes clearly between the old and new GCSEs. 

I think we can safely say that young people today are working at the highest level, and it is not only thanks to reforms to the curriculum that standards in schools are rising, but also to the hard work of teachers.

Thank you and good luck to all! 

Posted by Claire Perry at 2:51pm

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