Baccalaureate replaces GCSEs

The GCSE exam for 16-year-old children in England is to be replaced by an English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBacc), with the first courses to begin in September 2015, it was announced today.

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Gove pushes through radical changes to exams despite compromise

by - Political Editor

Michael Gove has reformed the school exam system - but not in the way he initially intended.

There was a big row inside government between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats and what we've ended up with is a compromise - critics might say a fudge.

What are people who are sitting GCSEs over the coming years supposed to think when their exam is being downgraded?

However, it's worth pointing out that there are some radical changes about this.

A lot of people in education would say that they get incredibly frustrated with the current system, they feel that having multiple exam boards inevitably leads to a race.

So there are some significant changes today, and Mr Gove would certainly like us to focus on that.

Nick Clegg 'wholeheartedly' supports exam reforms

Nick Clegg has said he "wholeheartedly" supports Michael Gove's plans to replace GCSEs with the English Baccalaureate Certificate.

Speaking during a visit to Burlington Danes Academy school in White City, west London, he said:

There are many people who think that if you want to make the system more rigorous, you have to leave some behind, but I disagree.

"I think you can have greater rigour in the exam system, that's a good thing, but also ensure we can cater for all children, the same way the present exam does.

Michael Gove and I have worked closely on this, we are both committed equally to greater rigour in the exam system, yet being inclusive and supportive within the system.

I wholeheartedly support this, I think this is a really good reform.

– Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister

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