Modular A-levels: a positive change;Letter

4th June 1999 at 01:00
As a head of geography who has taught a modular A-level course since its inception, I was disappointed to see inspectors talk about arts subjects as the ones likely to lose depth (TES, May 14).

The success of the Edexcel syll-abus B suggests that they must be classifying geography as a science: how reassuring. Stretching the brightest students is down to the teacher and not a fault of the course. Many of our very able students perform to a high standard and go on to find further success in higher education.

The module produced for our course in the form of a decision-making exercise is anything but poorly designed. Every time it appears in the exam room, invigilators have told me how exciting and challenging it looks.

When will inspectors stop looking for the negative aspects of education? Many of the forthcoming changes to post-16 education can only further improve the system.

Gary Davies

Head of Geography

Whitby Community College

North Yorkshire

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