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Gove denies GSCE grade pressure

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has denied putting pressure on exam boards to make grading tougher. On Friday the regulator Ofqual said January's GCSE English exams were "graded generously", but the June boundaries were properly set and graded.

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GCSEs are 'insufficiently rigorous'

GCSEs are becoming "insufficiently rigorous", a leading headmistress said today.

Bernice McCabe, of the North London Collegiate School, says that a "major rethink" of the qualification's content and structure is needed, suggesting that exams have become too accessible, with too many modules and structured questions.

Her comments came as North London Collegiate, an independent school catering to girls aged four to 18, came second in a new league table of private schools' GCSE results.

Increasingly, the GCSE is insufficiently rigorous, although it does depend on the subject.There does need to be a major re-think of the content of syllabuses and structure of the questions..I think where we've moved too much over the last few years is making exams too accessible, breaking down exams too much into modules, too much of an emphasis on structured questions.

Exams should focus on rigorous interesting content.

– Bernice McCabe, headmistress of the North London Collegiate School

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