GCSEs 'to be replaced'

A dramatic overhaul of GCSEs has reportedly put forward by regulator Ofqual that could see the exam replaced by the Intermediate Level, or I-level, which will be graded on a scale of 1 to 8.

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NUT opposes cutting GCSE coursework

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has criticised a proposal to dramatically cut down coursework as part of a revamp of GCSEs.

GCSEs could be replaced by ‘I-levels’ as part of an overhaul put forward by exam regulator Ofqual – and the new system would only include marked coursework for science subjects.

The proposals to get rid of coursework from every core subject apart from science are really not the best way forward.

This will ignore different learning styles and will narrow the skills that can be tested through terminal examinations.

The recent NUT-commissioned YouGov survey of parents showed that 61% believe that getting rid of coursework – leaving solely an end-of-course examination – is not the right decision.

– NUT general secretary Christine Blower

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