The academy's role in A-level 'devaluation' (2 of 2)

November 11, 2010

I disagree with the somewhat dismissive approach to the views of teachers and subject associations taken in your feature, "Making the A level work a little harder" (4 November).

The A level is part of an ongoing assessment process and should cohere with the assessment that pupils are subjected to throughout their learning experience. Teachers and subject associations are key to achieving this continuity, advising examiners, for example, of the likely reaction to a particular question based on their classroom experience.

Many subject associations (the Association for Science Education being a case in point) have a broad base of support and are able to marshal a coherent front on behalf of teachers.

Annette Smith, Chief executive, Association for Science Education.

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