The Government announced their plans to shake up the exam systems today.
Here are the key announcements.
- GCSE’s in core subjects, English, Maths and Science, to be replaced by English Baccalaureate Certificate.
- These will begin in September 2015.
- First exams in 2017.
- Current intake of year 7’s will be the first to take the new English Baccalaureate Certificate.
- Extended later to include History, Geography and Modern Languages.
- Terminal exam at the end of the course.
- One tier to exam all candidates.
- One exam board per exam.
These are the key headline points. In a follow up blog I will attempt to explain the relevance and significance of these proposed changes.
Are they really needed or is it political rhetoric?
- The future of GCSEs: Expert opinions (bbc.co.uk)
- Michael Gove poised to unveil sweeping GCSE reforms – which might never happen (newstatesman.com)
- GCSE results cause outcry over ‘unfair’ marking (guardian.co.uk)
- ‘O’ levels versus GCSEs (cartesianproduct.wordpress.com)