Teenagers in Wales should continue to sit GCSEs as a central part of the school qualifications system. That is a recommendations of an independent report published today.
It says GCSEs and A levels should be retained as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate - a key difference from what is planned in England. Our Education Correspondent Joanna Simpson was at Neath Port Talbot College for the announcement.
The purpose of this review was to ensure that the qualifications available to learners in Wales are relevant, valued and understood, and that those qualifications are what employers and universities want.I would like to thank Huw [Evans OBE] and the Board for their excellent work on the Review and for producing an extremely thorough, well considered and valuable report. I am excited by the opportunities outlined in the report. I look forward to considering the recommendations in detail and I intend to respond formally by the end of January 2013.
The report recommends making the Welsh Baccalaureate 'the overarching framework for qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds.' It says GCSEs and A levels should be retained and strengthened as part of the Welsh Bac.
It also recommends a single body, called 'Qualifications Wales', should be established to 'regulate, approve and assure the quality of all qualifications' in school education, 'bringing in a new and stronger approach to regulation.'
It hopes it will also become the pre-eminent body awarding qualifications in Wales.
GCSEs should continue to form a central part of the school qualifications system in Wales, an independent report has recommended. It says a 'high-quality, robust and distinctive national qualifications system' for Wales should be developed, and supports 'divergence' with other parts of the UK.
GCSEs are being replaced by an 'English Baccalaureate' across the border by 2017.