Writing in Economic Affairs, the journal of the Institute of Economic Affairs, he argues that education standards have become politicised, undermining trust in GCSEs and A-levels. ‘Left unchecked’, he says, ‘cynicism over GCSEs will spread to A-levels, which are already coming under attack.’
The short term answer, says Steinberg, is to reconfigure the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as a ‘light touch’ regulator which would stop second-guessing those who design syllabuses and examinations and ‘get on with its main job of policing the standards.’
In the longer term, a way of forcing up standards is required. For example, a regulator could evaluate syllabuses and examinations and publish the results in league tables, so helping schools judge the strengths and weaknesses of each Board.
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