Eleven years ago when studying for my GCSE's, I was in position where the teachers would give you the previous ten years exam papers and tell you to go away and practice.
Needless to say I got 10 A* and 4 A grades, with the pupils surrounding me doing equally as well.
We all agreed on one thing in particular – the papers got progressively easier in the Nineties. I suspect the same thing has happened in the Noughties too. Either that or human civilization has advanced at a rate never before seen in modern times.
I believe that the 3 exam boards are just as much to blame as central government for this decline in standards.
If we are to maintain the reputation of the British education sector we must act soon. That reputation acquired over so many years can quickly be washed away. It would a great shame in a sector in which internationally we are competitive and respected.
We also deserve to give elite universities and businesses a chance of correctly selecting those with the most potential. Equality of opportunity will be a myth if there is no gold standard of qualification by which to judge pupils achievement.
We also need to accept that giving pupils low scores such as F and G is pointless. Let us take this failure on the chin and try to acknowledge our deficiencies. We do a disservice to all pupils by pretending no one can fail.