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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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Former chief schools inspector backs GCSE reforms

Sir Mike Tomlinson former chief inspector of schools backs GCSE exams shake up. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Archive

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."

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