Another report has been published showing how British children are falling behind those of other countries.
With 25 years of experience, I am convinced that the poor quality of the GCSE system is to blame. Exams are too easy, do not stretch children and are based on flimsy syllabuses that are becoming a joke in many subjects, such as in Science, my own area of expertise. The problem has spread to A-levels as well and much greater rigour must be introduced into the system. The level of knowledge and understanding required is pitiful and I find my self embarrassed at the triviality of much of what I have to teach.