A Level Reform Announcement

Following today’s announcement by Education Secretary Michael Gove on the planned changes to A Levels in England, Martin Ward, Principal of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, comments:

“We have delivered the current set of AS and A levels with great success for many years, supporting students to progress to university and into employment.  Staff and students at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College will approach the changes to A levels from 2015, announced by Michael Gove today, with confidence and experience.

“We will, however, await further detail about the changes.  The key move away from modular assessment provides us with the freedom to deliver teaching and learning in ways which are less driven by the next modular exam, and may give us more time in the classroom and less time in the exam hall.  However many students have found that success in modular assessment makes the course more manageable, and their achievements in individual modules provides encouragement and recognition for what they are achieving on an on-going basis. 

“The staff at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College will be involved in developing the new courses as the detailed specifications from the exam boards become available, and will be using their expertise and creativity to ensure that the students are well prepared for the changes.”