The government has set aside £8.5 million to pilot “innovative approaches” to improving its controversial GCSE maths resit policy. It will test innovative approaches to improve GCSE maths resit outcomes by launching a £8.5 million pilot. Alongside this there will be a further £40 million to establish Further Education Centres of Excellence across the country training maths teachers and spreading best practice.
Gordon Marsden, Labour’s shadow skills minister, described the announcement as a “fudge”.
“It sounds all very worthy but it is not going to at any time soon deal with the issue of maths people having to resit,” he said. “There is no commitment in there to actually stop the resits and introduce functional skills.”
“I think this is a fudge because of the competing views of skills ministers and Nick Gibb who of course is absolutely wedded to the GCSE resits policy.”
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