Sun 16 August 2009, The Independent

Richard Garner: A-level results will be up again, but it's all going to change

By Richard Garner
Before the last election, a senior Conservative party schools spokesman let it be known he would be quite happy to preside over a fall in the A-level pass rate were he to become Secretary of State for Education. In true Sir Humphrey fashion, he was told he was being very "brave", as he would be pilloried by the media for presiding over falling standards. These are the same sections of the media, incidentally, that greet rises in the pass rate as evidence of a "dumbing down" of the exam.
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