Pete's already posted on the thinking benhind Michael Gove's speech on school reform, but reading it one statistic jumped out at me and struck me as worth noting: “In the whole of Islington in the school year of 2006-7 not a single child took a GCSE in one of those sciences.”
The failure of any school in Islington to put a candidate forward for physics, biology or chemistry GCSE is a disgrace. It effectively bars all of these students from applying for a whole variety of science-based courses at our top universities. Next time you hear a government minister prattling on about how universities should do more to broaden access, think of this statistic.
“In the whole of Islington in the school year of 2006-7 not a single child took a GCSE in one of those sciences.”