This seminar brought together key policymakers and stakeholders from across the education sector to consider the impact of A-Level reform on schools, colleges, students, exam boards and universities.
The seminar followed the first reformed A-Level exams in phase one subjects, held in summer 2017 and took place in the context of the initial teaching of the reformed phase three subjects from September 2017.
Delegates assessed the initial reception of the reformed qualifications and the initial impact of their altered structure, emphasis and content - including whether the reforms have created more challenging content and the early effect on grade boundaries.
They also considered the impact of reform on individual subjects, and how to ensure schools and colleges continue to offer a full range of subjects.
Following data showing a sharp decline in AS-Level uptake, attendees also discussed latest thinking on the decoupling of the AS-Level - including the future position of the AS, the implications for the curriculum and pupils’ subject choices, and key issues for the teaching profession - such as the setting of predicted grades.
Further areas for discussion included:
- How universities are now approaching admissions following reform and the rise in the number of students undertaking Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs);
- The relationship between the reformed A-Levels, preparation for higher education and future employment; and
- Whether the removal of the AS allows students to participate in extra-curricular activities at 16-19, and ensures a rounded learning experience.