Gove 'U-turn' on GCSEs

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has been forced to reverse his flagship plan to scrap GCSEs and replace them with a new English Baccalaureate.

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Report: Ebacc plans could fall short of EU rules

Mr Gove originally wanted to introduce the new EBacc certificate in England in the five core academic areas:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Languages
  • Humanities

Every core subject would then have been handed down to a single examination board, which Mr Gove argued was essential to prevent boards "dumbing down" standards.

However, The Independent has reported that officials have warned the plan could fall short of EU procurement rules.

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