Tag Archives: GCSE

Reforming GCSEs

9 Apr

Reforming GCSEs

GCSEs have always been about testing candidates’ knowledge, understanding and skills – but will this remain the case with the reformed GCSEs currently being written for first teaching in September 2015? (First published January 2014.)

England Ltd: Education Sweatshop?

3 Apr

England Ltd: Education Sweatshop?

‘Schoolified’ nurseries and exam factory schools?

“Lies, damned lies and statistics”? Histrionics over history at the DfE

7 Nov

“Lies, damned lies and statistics”?  Histrionics over history at the DfE

“Survey by The Historical Association finds that almost four-in-10 secondary schools prevent pupils in lower sets from pursuing GCSEs in history” but DfE dismissed the findings as “simply not true”, insisting that entries for GCSE history were increasing.

What the Dickens? There’s a problem with English literature!

5 Nov

What the Dickens? There’s a problem with English literature!

“As there is no scope in the proposals for a separate GCSE in English, and as English language will be compulsory, English literature will become optional.”

GCSEs: “non-exam work essential” – terminal exams prevent many young people from working at their best

1 Nov

GCSEs: “non-exam work essential” – terminal exams prevent many young people from working at their best

Ofqual has confirmed some of the key features of new GCSEs.