Sir Mike Tomlinson, former chief inspector of schools has backed plans to shake up GCSE exams as "largely positive". Sir Tomlinson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
He added: "The new GCSE exam should be available to a wide range of ability and not marginalise some group of pupils."
The GCSE exam for children in England is to be replaced by an English Baccalaureate Certificate with the first courses to begin in 2015.
Education Secretary Michael Gove is to unveil details of a major overhaul of GCSE exams marking a return in part to the old O-level system.