If you want proper A-levels, ask school teachers as well as universities

In a letter to the Telegraph, 05/04/12, Kenneth Durham, Headmaster of University College School, London calls for schools to be involved alongside universities.

A-levels exist for many purposes other than paving the way to university (Letters, April 4). For many students these exams mark the end of their education. It is essential that the courses are stimulating and challenging in their own right.

Equally, we should not believe that universities have a monopoly on effective assessment. Good sixth-form teachers have experience and expertise which will be needed in the redesign of A-levels and are crying out to be involved in the process.

A recent survey of undergraduates suggested stark differences between their experiences at school and at university, especially in teaching and assessment. Schools came out better in both areas.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is right to involve universities. But he must involve schools and colleges too. Without their involvement, we will be saddled with yet another partial, and failed, reform.

Click here to read the letter.