Thank you to all those who have shown for the site over the past week - it is appreciated.
Appreciation should also go to Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, who today following a leak to the Daily Mail, is putting forward a plan to move back to the O-level system. Commentators including us here (1 and 2) have said the move from exam-based O-levels to course-based GCSE's has greatly damaged the education of boys for the last 25 years. It has led to a gender education gap of about seven years which is now feeding through into a gender pay gap for young men.
There of course is the usual groundswell of opinion against the plans, and often the more people oppose something the better it probably is as the vested interests wade in.
They are only plans and suggestions at this stage and nothing is agreed but a change back would save future generations of boys from the fate the current and recent past generations of boys have had in having an exam system that is weighted against them.
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