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Maths GCSE for over-16s

Teenagers who fail to get at least a C grade in their English and maths GCSEs will have to continue studying these subjects past the age of 16, ministers have announced.

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'Serious concerns' about GCSE funding for over-16s

The head of the headteachers' union has raised "serious concerns" about government plans to force GCSE students who achieve less than grade C in maths and English to resit.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said:

We have been expressing serious concerns to the Government for some time about the implementation of this very significant new policy about which there are many unanswered questions in the absence of a coherent and funded implementation plan.

At a time when post 16 funding is being significantly reduced and feedback from ASCL members continues to show very different states of readiness in different parts of the country it is difficult to see how schools, colleges, employers and local authorities will be able to provide additional classes or recruit suitably qualified teachers.

– Brian Lightman, general secretary, ascl

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