Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: "We congratulate students and teachers on today's well-deserved AS and A-level results.
"Although this year's results are stable, this is unlikely to be the case when the A-level reforms kick in and all A-levels are only assessed by end of course exams.
"Cuts in Government funding for post-16 education could result in fewer A-level courses being available, particularly in more vocational subjects such as design and technology and ICT, and is likely to mean that only wealthier students will be able to do more than three A-levels or AS courses.
"It is a shame, and bad timing, that in the week students receive their much anticipated results, schools' minister Nick Gibb, has said there is a case for fundamental reform of the system for developing and awarding GCSEs, AS and A-levels. The proposal to reform the exam boards, when there are already extensive qualification reforms underway, is a massively disproportionate response by the Government to delays marking last year's exam papers."
Notes to editors
- The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
- ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.
- ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.