Some thoughts on this week’s GCSE reforms

British Education Policy

The announcement that only the first GCSE grade awarded to each pupil will count in school league tables is going to have an immediate and significant impact on secondary schools. In the interest of full transparency I should probably say up front that I support the changes – if you are looking for searing criticism of the reforms which neatly situates them within Gove’s alleged attempt to make children fail then I suggest you try the TES. That caveat aside, here are my thoughts on the changes.

1. The current system is absurd

As with any policy announcement attention is being focussed on what the potential negative consequences might be. Whilst this is perfectly legitimate we should not lose sight of quite how absurd the culture of early entries has become. In many schools it is common practice to enter an entire year group early and then selectively re-enter…

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