Record top A-level grades awarded...again

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Found 20th Aug 2009
A record-breaking number of A-level entries for England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been awarded A grades.
More than one in four entries - 26.7% - got the top grade, up from 25.9% last year and the overall pass rate rose to 97.5%, up 0.3 percentage points.
The improvement in grades - for the 27th year in a row - will add to the pressure on university places.
There are there are 60,000 more applicants for university places in the UK than this time last year.
That is a 10% rise on last year.

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The pass level going up is because our education system is improving every year! ;-)

Most children are also working harder

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jeany123;6065474

Most children are also working harder



Nothing to do with exams being made easier and schools focusing on making sure kids can get high grades rather than teaching them how to learn on their own?

Teachers suck

damned if they do........damned if they dont :roll:

If schools are teaching to the exams as you say then it is the pressure from the government which is forcing that.

I teach in an FE college, not teaching A Levels, and would say the improvements made to the quality of teaching in the last decade or so has the most influence on the improving results

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sancho1983;6065589

If schools are teaching to the exams as you say then it is the pressure … If schools are teaching to the exams as you say then it is the pressure from the government which is forcing that.I teach in an FE college, not teaching A Levels, and would say the improvements made to the quality of teaching in the last decade or so has the most influence on the improving results



Maybe teaching standards have improved, although I know people who became teachers at relatively good schools and they were not the 'best of the best'.

I think the government has pressured schools with things like league tables and that means all that matters are the results.

So you have kids who can produce work (with teachers looking over their shoulders) that meets certain criteria rather than giving them the skills to learn independently.

The first year at even the best unis is spent teaching students how to, quite literally, 'learn'.

FilthAndFurry;6065537

Nothing to do with exams being made easier and schools focusing on making … Nothing to do with exams being made easier and schools focusing on making sure kids can get high grades rather than teaching them how to learn on their own?



Yes definitely nothing to do with that

I agree completely, which is why i really enjoy what i teach, i teach skills for work and living to students with learning difficulties, meaning we do the government target things, but still have plenty of time to teach valuable skills like cooking, money management etc. Which i believe should be taught to ALL students.

To give an example of the crazy targets, our retention benchmark (the amount of students we finish the course with compared to the amount we start with) is 95%, we have relatively small groups, maybe 10 students, so if one student leaves, as some of ours do due to medial or even psychological reasons, out retention hits 90%, which automatically triggers something at OFSTED, do that two years in a row and they remove your funding for that course and carry out an inspection.

FilthAndFurry;6065537

Nothing to do with exams being made easier and schools focusing on making … Nothing to do with exams being made easier and schools focusing on making sure kids can get high grades rather than teaching them how to learn on their own?



you mean chat carp, like you ? :whistling:

Well done everyone!!

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ADZ1478;6070469

Well done everyone!!



hurrah .. now get a job you tax dodgers :w00t:

Having A levels has nothing to do with learning life skills or common sense.

I used to work for local government. They used to fast track Uni graduates because they had a degree, and didn't offer the same benefits to other workers who had far better idea how to do the job! Occasionally the fast track system worked - but mostly we ended up with nonses for managers!

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red_dwarfer;6065553

Teachers suck



correct unless its that lesbian one in the news the other day .. :whistling:

red_dwarfer;6065553

Teachers suck



What do they suck?

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rugger-tyke;6065876

you mean chat carp, like you ? :whistling:



What a bizarre way to shoehorn in an insult.

So many unis are having to spend the first year getting kids up to an acceptable level of learning ability.

It's completely devalued A-levels.
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