Shadow Skills Minister blasts government over GCSE resits

01 May 2017

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The Shadow Skills Minister has criticised the government over their decision to stick with the policy of GCSE English and maths resits for students with a near pass (previously grade D, now grade three).

Gordon Marsden told FE Week: “At a time when every report and research finding is detailing the damage to the life chances and morale that the resits policy is causing both apprentices and providers across the sector, it’s hugely irresponsible of the government to flounder on this issue.

“FE deserves a decision now, hopefully to replace automatic resits with alternatives relevant to functional skills and the real world in which apprentices need to operate and prosper.”

Multiple senior sources, including Education Secretary Justine Greening, had hinted that the policy was going to be scrapped, with all such students being allowed to study functional skills instead, but 2017/18 funding guidance published on April 10 indicated that the government had decided to stick with GCSEs.

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