This problem is compounded by the official preoccupation with retention rates. By insisting that schools increase retention rates, the sanction of not tolerating poor academic performance is removed. Academic standards have become so devalued that students are allowed into schools to study A-levels with such low grades they are nearly guaranteed to fail, which has the effect of packing A-level classes with unmotivated and poor achieving pupils. A-level classes are now the most mixed ability groups in schools.
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Whereas mixed ability groups are the exception in all other areas of the state schooling, at A-level they have become the norm. The consequent decline in discipline results in a behavioural focus — for instance insisting on the wearing of student ID cards, with students sent home from lessons if they fail to do so. This is ostensibly for security reasons. However, even evidence taken from the CCTV cameras installed in sixth form common rooms makes it clear that having large numbers of disenchanted and unsuitable A-level students does much to encourage fights and vandalism within schools.
A focus on high academic standards, even if it means allowing weaker students to fail, would give teachers a much easier way of explaining the need for discipline. Discipline built on the necessity to work hard to achieve good grades and the chance to win a place at a good university would do much to improve behaviour in schools and colleges. It might get students to read books and take notes in lessons, rather than forgetting their ID cards. He is also the originator of the Debating Matters competition for sixth form students organised by the Institute of Ideas and Pfizer.
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