- 3 updates
GCSEs are to be replaced by ‘I-levels’ as part of a dramatic overhaul put forward by exam regulator Ofqual, according to reports.
- New grading system: Replacing letters will be a new scale, with 8 the highest score and 1 the lowest
- Coursework: No marked coursework, apart from 10% in science subjects
- Re-takes: Exams will only take place in the summer (apart from English and maths), meaning pupils could have to wait 12 months to re-sit a failed exam
- English Baccalaureate Certificate – or EBacc – was set to replace GCSEs but pressure from Lib Dem MPs and unions led to the scheme being dropped
- Return to O-Levels – Michael Gove planned a return to a standard paper nationwide from a single exam board, but the plan provoked widespread anger
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has criticised a proposal to dramatically cut down coursework as part of a revamp of GCSEs.
GCSEs could be replaced by ‘I-levels’ as part of an overhaul put forward by exam regulator Ofqual – and the new system would only include marked coursework for science subjects.
A dramatic overhaul of GCSEs put forward by regulator Ofqual could see the exam replaced by the Intermediate Level – or I-level – which will be graded on a scale of 1 to 8.
The Times reports the new assessment will not include any marked coursework, apart from 10% in science subjects, and opportunities to re-sit exams will be considerably reduced.
Exams will take place in the summer, other than English and maths exams in November, meaning pupils might only have the opportunity to re-take the tests a full year later at the age of 17.
Education Secretary Michael Gove had put forward the creation of an English Baccalaureate Certificate.