GCSE changes 'will enable deeper learning'

The new GCSE system will free students from constant assessment and help them understanding subjects better, said the head of exam regulator Ofqual.

GCSEs are being reformed to focus less on regular assessments.
GCSEs are being reformed to focus less on regular assessments. Credit: David Jones,PA Wire,Press Association Images

Glenys Stacey, Ofqual's chief regulator, told the BBC that focusing more on final exams means time can be "freed up so that students can actually learn and become competent in their subjects".

She added: "at the momnet too many students of whatever ability are sitting too many assessments".

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Numbers replace GCSE grades

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