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More exams in GCSE shake-up

Michael Gove has unveiled plans for a reform of the GCSE system with less emphasis on coursework and more on exams.

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Labour: Gove has not learnt from past mistakes

Pupils and parents will be concerned by the uncertainty thatMichael Gove has created around GCSEs. Having first talked down their value andthen failed in his attempt to scrap them, the Education Secretary is havinganother go at setting out his plans.

We need changes to assessments in schools that willstrengthen rigour and reflect the best ways of testing skills and knowledge.

Michael Gove has had plenty of chances to bring forwardevidence-informed policies but I fear he has not learnt from past mistakes. Hekeeps failing because he hasn't got a thought through plan to improve exams

– Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg

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