Today’s poll: Is the upswing in numbers taking ‘traditional’ A levels a good thing?

Exam board figures suggest a significant rise in the numbers of students taking AS levels in the so-called ‘traditional’ subjects that, as GCSEs, qualified for the English Baccalaureate in the first cohort to move through since its introduction into league tables. On balance, do you think this is a good thing?

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The Michael Gove legacy: Surge in number of teenagers studying ‘serious’ A-levels such as history, geography and maths
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Categories: Poll and Secondary.


  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It’s only great that more people are taking traditional A level subjects if they get decent results

  2. Digitamworth

    SchoolsImprove Surely students should take the subjects they are interested in & wish to pursue further in education / job.

  3. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove Re History, No. No point learning more & more about Mona Lisa’s left ear without being shown her face.

  4. angelsoft_ICT

    jess_madge SchoolsImprove But CS A Level is a DISADVANTAGE if you want CS Degree (see Uni entry req) so an abyss kids can’t easily cross

  5. rrunsworth

    jess_madge SchoolsImprove To do that we need to get kids engaged, much of what they are taught/how they are taught uninspiring?

  6. jess_madge

    rrunsworth SchoolsImprove Think programming coming on English curriculum at last. Wales still thinking about it. Sigh

  7. jess_madge

    SchoolsImprove Of course proof of pudding is in the results not the numbers doing traditional subjects.

  8. MarkBurkitt

    SchoolsImprove If so, then that’s a legacy for which we should all be thanking Mr Gove – pupils and employers, alike.

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