A-Levels

Is a degree worth the debt?

17 August 2018 15:06

You’ll never get into a good university if you carry on like this.’ A haunting threat from school days past,…

Why are 27,000 fewer boys going to university than girls?

16 August 2018 17:39

Despite the numerous photos doing the rounds of girls celebrating their exam results today, one of the main headlines from A-Level…

The Spectator Podcast: The real modern slavery

17 August 2017 15:31

On this week’s episode, we’re looking at whether the ‘sex trade’ is a form of sanitised modern slavery. We also…

Ignore the scaremongering – A-level reform was badly needed

17 August 2017 8:44

No one receiving their A-level results this morning can fail to be aware that the first of the coalition government’s more…

The problem with Btecs – a response to Pearson Plc

21 September 2016 14:14

When I wrote my last Daily Telegraph column critical of Btecs, an exam now taken by about a quarter of…

Why a record number of university places might not be a good thing

18 August 2016 13:25

A-Level results are announced today, and with it the happy news that a record number of university places have been…

One of Gove’s most important education reforms is in danger

5 February 2015 14:22

One of this week’s most important stories is tucked away in the Times’ Higher Education supplement today. It appears that one…

Life isn’t easy for Gove’s guinea pigs. I should know – I am one

19 December 2014 17:12

Westminster hasn’t made life easy if you are a 16-year-old. Michael Gove’s education reforms are well underway but the reorganisation…

What two years—and a free school—can do for exam results

15 August 2014 19:36

For the first time in 32 years, the overall pass rate for A-levels has dropped, and the percentage of those…

How has Farage prospered? By keeping his message simple

22 May 2014 16:58

Whatever the result is when the votes are counted, there’s no doubt who has dominated this campaign: Ukip. From the…

No need to fret Stephen Twigg, Gove is already tackling multiple exam entries

22 August 2013 19:10

At last, something Michael Gove and Stephen Twigg agree on. Both the Education Secretary and his opposite number agree that…

There is no conspiracy against state school students going to Oxford, honest

16 August 2013 10:37

On A-level results day it was inevitable really. Of the roughly 14,000 applicants not to have received a place at…

Labour’s uninspiring response to A Level results

15 August 2013 17:50

During silly season, bored journalists often entertain themselves by reading rather than deleting the slew of pointless press releases that…

A-level students: why university isn’t as big a deal as you think

15 August 2013 14:32

My A-level results day almost passed me by. It took an early morning email from an editor asking for a…

Coffee Shots: John Prescott celebrates

15 August 2013 14:10

John Prescott took to Twitter today to congratulate all the pupils receiving their AS and A-level results  today. His message…