I would like the views of the folk here who teach A level maths (ideally in comprehensive schools). Do you feel your schools policy/outlook on taking on pupils for A level is a good one given the increasing gap between GCSEs and A levels? I have about 8 or so B grade GCSE students who are not scoring over 10-15% in any formal assessment and simply cannot handle the transition to AS. Our policy is a 'B grade is required' and aprt from the MENA pupils I have only seen 1 who got a B grade handle the work this year (at a modest levl) Would it be wrong to test the pupils prior to being accepted in the summer? would t be right to give them a formal work load before they return? It would be imple enough to say "Let them have a try and then allow thm to drop it" The problem is that the school will not allow them to drop it if they are only doing 3 A levels AND other cases are where the kid thinks it will be 'alright on the night' The usual "The course may not be able to run" SLT statement comes out. I know 10 who have been accepted on to do the course who can just just just handle B grade GCSE work and have zero understanding of basic maths and have done resits and scored well in the stats modules to get their B grades. I cannot beleve that its fair to allow them to get locked in? Should we test them and be honest? (its not my decision to make I dont think) but I am teaching my AS group on Tuesday 5-6 weeks before their exam and we will be coverng surds agan and might get onto some 'harder' completng the square wth half the class. Some are good and crack on but I feel am not servcng these kids half as much as I could in lesson times. Thoughts? A grade students only unless highly rated by their teacher? Let them all on and just get E/U grade? AS use of maths before they can do the full one?