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.
– NUT general secretary Christine Blower
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.