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It’s time for us all to have a deep think about new linear A levels

Academics recommend quality questioning, rather than a system of ‘teaching to the tests’

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Sixth-form teaching in 2017 will have to tackle the most radical changes to A-level assessment seen since the implementation of Curriculum 2000. The crescendo of A-level reform reaches its zenith this year, with the third and final tranche of subjects converting to “end of course” assessment models. But what effect should these changes have on A-level teaching? Should they result in a less than subtle shift in our pedagogical practices?

Deepa Jethwa, policy officer for the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association, is concerned that “in linear A levels, students are required to identify and link ...

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