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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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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