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A-level students have been set up to fail

Issue No. 2366

Hundreds of thousands of students will find out their A-level results this week.

For many it will destroy their hopes for the future.

One in five young people say they have “abandoned their ambitions” according to a new report by The Prince’s Trust charity.

It found that over a third of 25 year olds thought they would “end up on benefits” because their grades weren’t good enough. 

And more than a quarter said their results would always hold them back.

Tory education secretary Michael Gove plans to make this worse by “reforming” A-levels. 

From 2015 students will have to take all their exams at the end of their two-year courses.

Currently students take exams at the end of the first year, called an AS-level, which counts towards their A-level.

Even university vice chancellors say it will make it harder for children from state students to get into higher education. More than two thirds oppose the reforms in a recent survey. 

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