Government has accepted that A-Levels need to be reformed to make it easier for
universities and employers to spot the brightest candidates.
secretary Charles Clarke agreed that a mechanism is needed for universities and
employers to distinguish between straight-A candidates.
interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, was asked what he thought about
the idea of finding a way to highlight top performers.
think it is a reasonable point to make," he replied. "Mike Tomlinson
[the former chief schools inspector leading the review of 14 to 19 education]
will be reporting later this year, and I look forward with interest to what he
says, and professor Steven Schwartz [head of the taskforce on university
admissions] is also publishing a number of proposals," he said.
and others, including Qualifications and Curriculum Authority chief Ken Boston,
have put forward various proposals.
A-grade could be split into four, or universities could be given applicants’
marks as well as their grades – an idea being looked at by the Universities and
Colleges Admissions Service.
solution would see admissions tutors given candidates’ grades for their six
this month, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development said rising numbers of students getting top grades at A-level means
employers are being forced to think more carefully about how they differentiate