New science A-levels won’t be delayed, says Nicky Morgan

The BBC is reporting that Nicky Morgan has stated new science A-levels being taught in England’s schools from September 2015 will not be delayed…

Concern was raised about the chemistry A-level after it emerged that it was not accredited by the September target.

This timescale would have given teachers and schools a year to prepare before teaching it in 2015.

Ms Morgan’s assertion follows news on Tuesday that reformed maths A-levels would be put back by a year to 2017…

Appearing before the Commons Education Select Committee on Wednesday, Ms Morgan assured MPs that accreditation for chemistry would be done within weeks.

She was also “confident” that teaching materials, such as textbooks, would be ready in time.

Ms Morgan was quizzed about the potential knock-on effect of the maths delay on subjects such as physics.

Committee member Pat Glass asked Ms Morgan to reveal whether other subjects, such as chemistry or physics, were “red on your dashboard”.

“Chemistry is nowhere near being accredited yet,” said the Labour MP. “There are some very slow parts of the system.

“At what point do you decide, ‘Actually it is not going to happen and we have got to draw the line on this?’ Time is pressing. Schools have to be ready.”

But Ms Morgan said that she had not received representations about “gaps” between the proposed GCSE and A-level courses in science subjects, in the way she had with maths…

…Committee chairman Graham Stuart said it seemed “extraordinary” that changes to A-levels were not being held back until after GCSEs had been reformed, given that the lower-level qualifications were intended to prepare pupils for advanced courses.

He said it might have been better to have introduced the changes in a more “coherent” and “co-ordinated” way, saying schools had been put through “a prolonged period of turbulence and uncertainty” not only on exams and curriculums but also accountability systems.

But Ms Morgan defended the “swift” pace of reform brought in by her predecessor Michael Gove…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It may not be Michael Gove but it behaves & is as stubborn as Michael Gove. Exam reform is fine but do it properly/sensibly

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