Stretch and challenge in A-level examinations: teachers’ views of the new assessments

In recent years, some commentators have argued that A-levels do not stretch the most able students. To tackle such concerns, the Government introduced a policy that has become known as ‘stretch and challenge’ in the Education and Skills White Paper. New A-level examinations were introduced for first teaching in September 2009, which incorporated questions designed to induce more stretch and challenge in students’ examination experiences. This research investigated teachers’ perceptions of the new A-level question papers and their experiences more broadly of preparing students for A-level examinations.

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