CITY VIEWS: DO YOU THINK EXAMS ARE GETTING EASIER OR STANDARDS ARE GETTING HIGHER?

MICHAEL WATTS | BERENBERG BANK

“I do think that students are working harder. But I think that results are being driven by the government trying to ensure pass rates get higher year on year, which makes me quite cynical of the statistics we are seeing.”

PAUL MILLER | TARDIS GROUP

“I don't think the increase in pass rate is because students are getting clever. A head of sixth form I know says it's common for students who aren't likely to pass to be kicked off their course. Schools and colleges are all about league tables now.”

STEVE MARSHALL | KELTEC

"I don't pretend to be an expert on the subject but I do think the exams are getting easier over the years. The perception you get from the media clearly suggests that A-Levels are not as hard to pass as they used to be."