IoD welcomes education reforms

9 November 2012

Welcoming Ofqual’s announcement that, from next year, A and AS level students will no longer be able to sit exams in January, Mike Harris, Head of Education and Skills at the Institute of Directors, said:

“The IoD supports Ofqual in its drive to raise standards. The exams regulator is right to push for increased rigour in A levels, and tackling the ‘resit culture’ by ending January exams will help towards this end.

“The Department for Education has also announced that it will be limiting the use of calculators in exams for 11-year-olds. In isolation, both moves might be considered to be relatively small steps. But in combination with the wider education reform agenda, they represent important progress towards higher standards, and business leaders will begin to feel more confident that their future workforces will have the skills and knowledge needed to compete in the global economy.” 


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Notes to editors

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