The Education Secretary should try to make A-levels harder, but ending modules is not the answer

In a letter to the Telegraph, 04/04/12, Ed Elliott Head of The Perse School, Cambridge comments on the benefits of modularity.

As the headmaster of a leading academic school, I am pleased that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is committed to raising A-level examination standards (report, April 3).

However, we must be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Modular assessment means that A-level students are never more than a few months away from their next exam. Gone are the lazy lower-sixth days when students and teachers could drift through classes knowing public exams were a year away.

Today’s students and teachers have to work harder for longer. Grade inflation genuinely shows increased application.

All teachers know that academic achievement is the product of ability multiplied by effort. By all means make exams harder to stretch ability, but at the same time keep exam modules to maximise effort.

Click here to read the letter.