With regard to the recent news that the UK is lagging behind in terms of global education standards I have to say I’m afraid Mr Gove is clutching at straws,
‘Mr Gove told MPs that his reforms, such as changing the curriculum, school autonomy and directing financial support towards poorer pupils, were designed to prevent schools in England from “falling further behind”.
These ‘reforms’ contribute to the problem, not the solution. Standards have been dropping for years at Secondary Level; not the standard of teaching but the ridiculous system teachers are forced to battle with.
We need a standardised, centrally run system with challenging exams and meaningful vocational qualifications running in tandem. If you fill students’ heads with the nonsense that they are necessarily gifted because they achieved a A* (ludicrous idea!) they are naturally going to believe it.
Unfortunately achieving a top score in a less challenging exam is going to leave you lagging behind your piers who were properly tested.
Unfortunately a heavily politicised education system designed to produce results, not education, will always fall short.
These results are a clear demonstration of its failure.
I must reiterate that the hard working teachers on the ground are entirely blameless; they can only deal with what they are given.
Will nobody reverse this obvious downward spiral?