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Headington School headteacher advises against scrapping A-Levels
10:00am Thursday 30th January 2014 in News
A HEADTEACHER has responded to a report that recommends scrapping A-Levels by saying the qualifications should not be completely abandoned.
An expert group said schools should opt in favour of a European-style baccalaureate because A-Levels are failing to prepare teenagers for university and the workplace.
The conclusions were part of a six-month inquiry led by Sir Roy Anderson, ex-rector of Imperial College London.
Headington School already offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) to sixth form students, with a chance to study six subjects across the two years.
The report claimed too many sixth-formers doing A-Levels left school with poor levels of writing, basic numeracy, critical thinking, problem-solving, time management and an inability to work independently.
But headteacher Caroline Jordan said it would not yet look to scrap A-Levels altogether.
She said: “At Headington, we are in the enviable position of being able to offer A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate diploma and we have noticed an increase in the number of girls who choose the IB.
“This is partly due to dissatisfaction with the current A-Level system, as well as greater respect from universities for the IB qualification.
“For many girls, taking a wider curriculum at sixth form, including maths and a language, is a good option and increasingly welcomed by universities and industry. But for some, for example the true linguists and scientists, a traditional A-Level route may be preferable.
“At this stage, we would certainly not be looking to abandon A-Levels altogether.”
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