Michael Gove confirms GCSE climbdown

Education Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed to the Commons that he is not pressing ahead with plans to scrap GCSEs. He said:

"One of the proposals I put forward was a bridge too far... The exam regulator OFQUAL was clear. There were significant risks in trying to both strengthen qualifications and to end competition in large parts of the exams market.

"I will not proceed with plans to have a single exam board offering a new exam in each academic subject. Instead we will concentrate on reforming existing GCSEs broadly along the lines we put forward in September."

Michael Gove Credit: House of Commons