Lest anyone sucumbs to the annual temptation to believe in the inexorable progress of teaching and pupils performane in public examinations the following information should provide a cold shower.


Schools seeking to boost performance have been encouraged to look for short courses such as music technology and animation which provide certificates equivalent to FOUR GCSE’s A*-C grade. The courses require on  FOUR weeks of study.


It is little wonder that parents, universities and employers have lost trust in a system that devalues academic subjects and difficult, applied study.

The exam boards might as well print certificates on toilet paper – it is cheaper and of more practical value.