Mandatory GCSE English & Maths Resits to be Scrapped?

29 March 2017

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GCSE English and maths resits will not be a requirement, moving forward, for 16-18 year old students with a Grade D or below according to FE Week. ‘Multiple sources’ have suggested to the sector publication that the policy will be scrapped by the Department for Education, which means students will be able to sit Functional Skills qualifications instead.

The news has been greeted by the AELP, and follows criticism of the policy from Ofsted in its 2016 annual report, which stated that whilst the rule was well intentioned, its implementation is not having the desired effect, with learners feeling demotivated in their bid to gain a grade C at the second attempt.

AELP Chief Executive, Mark Dawe, said that any U-turn on the policy would be welcomed by the association, stating that “…young people without good grades should be encouraged to carry on learning the core subjects, but with the option of doing so via Functional Skills.”

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