10:41am GMT, Friday, 28 September 2012

Ten years ago we introduced a policy that we would not register or accept Examination Entries from Home Study students.

This decision was reached following a Review of the results obtained by those undertaking studies on their own at home.

We know and recognise that tuition fees at schools and colleges are a barrier to many young students and their families but without the support of teachers, in excess of 85% of Home Study students fail their examinations. This compares with fail rates of 36% for those studying at a school or college.

Our view is that for the Home Study student, the costs of entering and failing an examination is far too heavy a price to pay.

It demoralises the candidate and is a waste of both theirs and their sponsors hard earned money.

Dr A F Somerville-Ford
Chairman ICM