The Headteacher: AS levels still provide a focus for students

Mark Ronan, headmaster of Pocklington School.
Mark Ronan, headmaster of Pocklington School.

A-levels, and sixth form generally, come at a crucial time during young people’s development, a period when the decisions they make can have a bearing on the rest of their lives.

So any alterations to the way their progress is assessed, like the changes to the A-level system being introduced from this September, have to be taken very seriously indeed.

The new A-level courses will be linear, tested by one set of examinations at the end of the two years instead of the current modular testing system, which was introduced in 2000.

Read Mark’s full column in this week’s (22 January) Pocklington Post.