With the 2017 maths and English survey awaiting your thoughts on such provocative topics as the GCSE reforms, I was interested to read the views of Michael Lemin, policy and research manager at NCFE.
He argues that the new GCSEs still have some way to go before they can be considered the world-class qualification that Schools Minister Nick Gibb hails them to be.
Nick Gibb, a veritable veteran at three years in post while others have fallen around him, has been a champion of the schools reforms including the framing of GCSEs as the ‘gold standard’ in qualifications. However, this year there were errors with the new English exams including an accidental rewrite of Shakespeare and a wrong chapter reference.
Results this year will include the new grading system for English and maths with many teachers and education professionals still concerned over the new model. The question remains how will this effect young people emerging with a mixture of letters and numbers in their results? Could it ultimately prove a barrier to finding employment? According to a recent CBI/Pearson employer skills survey, 35% of businesses are still completely unaware of the grading changes to GCSEs.
Read more of Michael Lemin’s article here.