Grade ex­pec­ta­tions

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page -

So­phie Todd, right, cel­e­brates with a friend af­ter col­lect­ing their A-level re­sults in Nor­folk yes­ter­day. The num­ber of top A grades fell to the low­est level in over a decade

TOP grades have plunged by the great­est amount since records be­gan, with the pro­por­tion of As and A*s fall­ing to its low­est in more than a decade.

The num­ber of A* and A grades dropped by 0.9 per­cent­age points, which is the largest fall since the Joint Coun­cil for Qual­i­fi­ca­tion’s data be­gan in 2000.

This year, 25.5 per cent of A-level grades were A* or A, which is the low­est since 2007, fig­ures show.

More than 300,000 A-level stu­dents from across most of the coun­try re­ceived their re­sults yes­ter­day, with the ma­jor­ity of sub­jects re­designed to ex­clude course­work and mod­ules.

The re­forms, ini­ti­ated by Michael Gove when he was ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary, fol­lowed years of grade in­fla­tion, with grow­ing num­bers of stu­dents achiev­ing top grades. Uni­ver­si­ties com­plained that thou­sands of stu­dents with A or A* grades would make it im­pos­si­ble for them to dis­tin­guish the very best can­di­dates. The re­forms also sought to ad­dress con­cerns that many stu­dents were in­suf­fi­ciently pre­pared for higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son con­grat­u­lated stu­dents on their re­sults, as he pledged to boost ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing as well as give schools “the pow­ers they need to deal with bad be­hav­iour and bul­ly­ing”.

Ge­off Barton, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the As­so­ci­a­tion of School and Col­lege Lead­ers, said the drop in top grades was partly down to more stu­dents tak­ing A-lev­els, and also be­cause of the sub­jects they are now study­ing.

“There has been a heavy em­pha­sis on Stem [sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and maths] sub­jects and more young peo­ple have been en­cour­aged to do them,” Mr Barton said.

The over­all num­ber of en­tries for sci­ence sub­jects rose by 12,000 this year, and now make up a fifth (20.9 per cent) of all A-lev­els.

Girls have taken the lead for top grades, with 25.5 per cent handed at least an A, com­pared with 25.4 per cent of boys. But on A* grades alone, boys per­formed bet­ter, with 8.2 per cent get­ting the high­est re­sult, com­pared with 7.5 per cent of girls’ en­tries.

En­tries for English lan­guage plum­meted by 21.8 per cent to 14,114, amid calls for min­is­ters to open an in­quiry into the de­cline.

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