Dr Chris Ray Letter to the Times: Schools and examination boards need time to prepare for this courageous new world

HMC Chairman Dr Christopher Ray writes a letter to the Times 12/06/13, advising that Schools and examination boards need time to prepare for this courageous new world of GCSE reforms.

Sir,

Michael Gove is to be commended wholeheartedly for his determination to ensure that the children in our schools should be challenged rather than constrained by GSCE programmes (Opinion 11 June).  It is good to know that the low hurdles races which have characterised our examination system in recent years will soon be replaced by more demanding courses of study which emphasise the academic qualities that our students should be developing.  It is also encouraging to see, with his recognition of the vital importance of practical and technical subjects, his apparent willingness to break free from the one-size-fits-all philosophies which have restricted the education of our children for far too long.  All that many schools and the examination boards will need is a little time to help them prepare for this courageous new world.

Dr Chris Ray
High Master, Manchester Grammar School
Chairman, Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference

Click here to read the letter.