Industry think tank Policy Exchange has suggested introducing a ‘resit levy’ to help FE Colleges cope with the growing number, and costs, of GCSE English and Maths resits. Detailed in a report released last week, the recommended levy would involve schools covering all or some of the costs for students who do not achieve a ‘good pass’ in English and/or maths to retake their exams.
Policy Exchange, founded by former Education Secretary Michael Gove, reference the fact that current post 16 funding streams do not take into account the additional strain of putting large numbers of students through GCSE resits in calls for the levy – the £4000 (for a 16-17 year old) or £3300 (for an 18 year old) that a college receives for teaching a full-time qualification also has to cover GCSE maths and English teaching where required under current rules.
Calls for change follow the news that in the 2014/15 academic year 30.2% more students retook GCSE maths than in 2013/14. This figure stands at 22.9% for GCSE English resits.