While England seem to have grasped the nettle of exam standards, the emerging Scottish N6 exams appear to be continuing along the dumbing-down route. England is making the GCSEs harder and now the content and standards of the A level may be taken away from the exam boards and given to the universities. The universities want A-levels to be more intellectually stretching and with less spoon-feeding from teachers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17595345 Imagine the outcry if a similar system was put in place in Scotland. Of course, it is highly unlikely as a) the SQA is a law unto itself with no equivalent to Ofqual to ensure standards are maintained and b) MR is not likely to set CfE up to fail by keeping the existing Higher standards as they are. By allowing the Higher to dumb down, the SQA is preparing for ever-improving exam results in 2015-16, thereby vindicating the CfE experiment.