BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: Education  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Wednesday, 11 April, 2001, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
New exams 'stress out' sixth formers
Exams
Students are encouraged to mix arts and sciences
An investigation into the impact the new AS-level examinations are having on sixth formers has been backed by teachers.

Delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said the new curriculum had created a highly stressful workload for sixth formers and teachers alike.

AS-levels, which were introduced at the beginning of this academic year, require students to take four or five subjects in their first year of sixth form study, scaling down to three in the second year.

The aim was to bring greater diversity and breadth to sixth form study, rather like the French baccalaureate.

'Utilitarian'

Veronica Rodriguez, a teacher at Mangotsfield School, Bristol, said the result was that creativity was being sacrificed to the "utilitarian" demands of a modern economy.

Ms Rodriguez cited several examples which, she said, showed the stress students were under.

One girl considered dropping out of school at the end of Year 12, while one boy said AS-levels had taken over his life, she said.

Ms Rodriguez quoted him as saying: "It has caused problems with my parents. I can no longer play cricket, rugby or do any music. It has taken my life away."

See also:

25 Mar 01 | UK Education
19 Mar 99 | UK Education
30 Mar 01 | UK Education
11 Dec 00 | UK Education
04 Sep 00 | UK Education
25 Jun 00 | UK Education
Links to more Education stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Education stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes