Universities to take control of A Level Review: HMC Statement

The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) today welcomes the Government’s plans to involve universities in the much-needed review of A Levels. 

Peter B Hamilton, Headmaster of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Chairman of HMC’s Academic Policy Committee said: 

“A Levels are and will remain the most important examination for young people completing their pre-university education. Michael Gove is right to want university input into the much-needed review of A Levels but it would be most unwise to give universities total control. Those who teach 16- and 17-year-olds know best what they need, both to expand their knowledge base and develop their study skills, so input from successful sixth form teachers will be equally important in getting an examination system fit for the 21st century.”

The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference represents 250 leading co-educational and single-sex independent schools in the UK and abroad. More than 190,000 pupils are educated at HMC schools, the vast majority of whom go on to higher education.