Introduction of the GCSE[ edit ] GCSEs were introduced in  to establish a national qualification for those who decided to leave school at 16, without pursuing further academic study towards qualifications such as A-Levels or university degrees.
The shift in entry away from Modern Foreign Languages continues. The entry for French is down Subjects[ edit ] The list of currently available GCSE subjects is much shorter than before the reforms, as the new qualifications in England all have core requirements set by the regulator, Ofqual, for each subject.
With more and more pupils staying in education after Gcse maths 2013, the value of exams at that age is increasingly questioned. GCSE syllabuses are set, examinations administered and certificates awarded by five "awarding bodies" or Examination Boards: Furthermore, the existence of two not-quite parallel systems undermined public and employer understanding of the nature and value of qualifications.
Despite what the Government may claim, many vocational qualifications and courses are of good quality and are equally important as, for instance, the English Baccalaureate much favoured by the Secretary of State.
Each GCSE subject is assessed by formal examinations or by coursework, or by a combination of the two. The Government, however, rejected this proposal and in its '' White Paper chose instead to focus on reforms to vocational qualifications and "build on the strengths of the existing education system".
This situation, like that which was replaced under O Levels and CSEs, leaves many pupils with qualifications of questionable value. Past paper solutions and topics of interest are being added regularly.
Consequently, the new Coalition government introduced the English Baccalaureate as a "performance measure" in the performance tables published in January The Government and most teachers maintain that rising pass rates are consequences of improving teaching methods, but opponents disagree, claiming that it is possible to pass GCSE exams without reaching many basic levels of educational and vocational attainment.
The exam boards are overseen by three regulatory authorities: Under the Callaghan Labour government, Education Secretary Shirley Williams now Baroness Williams of Crosby took the political decision to proceed with a merged "GCSE" system, but the election of the Conservatives in postponed any action for several years.
Subjects[ edit ] The list of currently available GCSE subjects is much shorter than before the reforms, as the new qualifications in England all have core requirements set by the regulator, Ofqual, for each subject. Taking GCSEs is not compulsory, and it is up to schools whether to enter pupils for examinations.
Pupils expected to achieve grades A to D take the higher tier and can achieve any grade; pupils taking the foundation tier can only achieve grade C or below. Between and Spanish rose by 0. Other removed qualifications include a variety of design technology subjects, which are reformed into a single "design and technology" subject with multiple options, and various catering and nutrition qualifications, which are folded into "food technology".
With more and more pupils staying in education after 16, the value of exams at that age is increasingly questioned. It was administered on a regional basis, while O and A Levels were administered by examination boards with links to universities.
Past paper solutions and topics of interest are being added regularly. Consequently, the new Coalition government introduced the English Baccalaureate as a "performance measure" in the performance tables published in January GCSEs.
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