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Schools fear chaos over ‘tough’ A-levels Schools fear chaos over ‘tough’ A-levels The Times http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/175087/img/favicon.ico The Times http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/gcse_alevel_reform_pr_img.jpg http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/gcse_alevel_reform_pr_img.jpg The marks required to secure top grades in the first tougher new GCSE and A-level examinations have been lowered to avert a drama
Schools fear chaos over ‘tough’ A-levels

The marks required to secure top grades in the first tougher new GCSE and A-level examinations have been lowered to avert a drama­tic fall in results this summer, The Sunday Times can reveal.

The biggest exam shake-up in a generation — the brainchild of Michael Gove, the former education secretary — had been designed to drive up standards, bring England into line with top-performing ­systems in the Far East and identify academic high-flyers for the best universities.

Critics said the exam regulator’s decision to lower the mark ­thresholds needed for good grades made the reforms pointless, especially if it becomes routine.

Sally Collier, chief regulator of Ofqual, said: “I want the message to be that students have done fantas­tically well. All our kids are brilliant.

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