Today sees the launch of two exciting online opportunities for teachers to make their voices heard on the future of A Levels.
The Great A Level Debate, in which teachers can contribute their comments on all aspects of A Levels, kicks off on the TES website today.
OCR believes that the views of teachers, the professionals delivering qualifications and assessments in the classroom, are vital to getting A Levels right. We want to engage with as many teachers as possible from different schools and different parts of the UK. An online forum which attracts thousands of teachers a day is one of the most effective ways of doing this. Staff from OCR will be responding to the debate by posting comments and sharing ideas, including draft specifications, in the months ahead.
A second channel for teachers to express their views on A Levels is the TES/OCR survey. Take part in our short survey and we will submit the results to the Ofqual consultation on A Levels which starts in mid June.
The timetable for developing new A Levels is tight, following the announcement by Education Secretary Michael Gove in April that new A Level qualifications in core subjects will be in schools in September 2013, for first teaching from September 2014. The Education Secretary also signalled that Higher Education should play a major role in the design of the next generation of A Levels. OCR, itself part of Cambridge University, has been widely consulting with representatives from across HE via its subject forums and strategy groups. The views of HE are essential but so are the views of the teaching community.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said: "We want as many teachers as possible to tell us what they think about A Levels, so please get involved. It's teachers who live and breathe these qualifications. We look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions which will inform our work and feed into the development process."
Read the article about A Level reform in this week's TES.