Pupil lambasts PM for exams U-turn

Conor McIntyre and his letter ti the Prime Minister.
Conor McIntyre and his letter ti the Prime Minister.

Who says that kids today don’t care about their education?

One Morecambe school pupil was so upset at a Government U-turn on scrapping GCSEs that he wrote to David Cameron to complain.

Conor McIntyre picked his GCSE options based on original plans and is now worried his exam results will suffer.

Year 11 student Conor wrote: “I feel aggrieved that I have been put in this situation just because some politicians think it is okay to play with other people’s futures with no direct consequences to them.

“Not only has my future been disrupted but so has thousands of other students who may have achieved higher grades had they been allowed to choose their own subjects.”

Conor, who goes to Morecambe Community High School, picked science, French, geography and BTEC public services alongside core subjects Maths, English, PER (religious studies) and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education).

He says he did so under duress, because he believed the Government’s plans to introduce the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) would offer him a better chance of getting into higher education.

Conor would have preferred to pick PE instead of French, because he’s stronger in that subject.

EBacc Certificates focus on the core subjects of English, maths, science, languages, history and geography.

But Education Secretary Michael Gove shelved plans to replace GCSEs with the EBacc after criticism that it would marginalise other disciplines such as the arts and sport.

“Right up to the day before (it was scrapped) we were being told this was the best route,” said Julie McIntyre, Conor’s mum.

“Then the next day it had all changed. It’s ridiculous.”

John McNaughton, head teacher at Morecambe Community High said: “I think it is a well-balanced, honest letter. I look forward to Mr Cameron’s reply.

“However I do not think that it will handicap Conor’s future prospects because the recent change in approach by the Government assists him. He should gain an excellent set of results even if his French grade is not as high as the others.

“I do share Conor’s disappointment that Mr Gove’s recent U-turn is an abandonment of the stated intention on the EBacc certification and as such is confusing for schools, students and parents.”

Mr McNaughton said 60% of Year 10 and 11 students, and 30% of Year 9 pupils at Morecambe High had opted for the Ebacc route.