It is wrong to claim that the heads of independent schools are focusing on alternative qualifications rather than on improving GCSEs and A-levels, says William Richardson, General Secretary of HMC

5 December 2017
Posted by HMC Press Office

General Secretary of HMC, William Richardson has responded to John Dunford's opinion piece for Tes, 'Independent schools are shamelessly playing the system when it comes to exam grades', exclaiming that it is wrong to claim that the heads of independent schools are focusing on alternative qualifications rather than on improving GCSEs and A-levels.

Richardson exclaims that 'Dunford is correct in saying that independent schools can go their own way and ignore "the stupidest of the regulations placed on state schools" but he is wrong to claim that they have not made common cause with their state sector colleagues over fairness in public examinations.'

Richardson also challenges many points in Dunford's article from claims that 'misconduct was more likely to occur in the Pre-U than in, say A-level or GCSE' to 'Too few independent school heads work closely with their maintained school peers', claiming ultimately that this article is markedly off the pace when his opinion pieces are always widely noted.

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