A top performing A-level student has sent Education Secretary Michael Gove an open letter – warning his exam reforms will leave pupils worse educated.
Raphael Hogarth, who gained six A* grades sitting A-levels at University College School – one of the country’s leading independent schools, said the exam would become “harder and more traumatic but such that candidates learn less not more”.
Raphael will now be going to Oxford where he will study philosophy, politics and economics. He gained A* grades in maths, further maths, history, German and music and an A* in his extended project – which encourages students to develop their creative thinking skills through an essay.
He is particularly critical of the plan to abandon January A-level modules, arguing: “Resitting a module is not a second chance to cheat the system into giving you a good grade. It’s a chance to work harder and learn all the stuff you failed adequately to digest the last time.