Education Secretary Justine Greening’s GCSE reforms slammed by critics for ‘dumbing down standards’

EDUCATION Secretary Justine Greening was accused of dumbing down plans to boost standards after she announced a lower GCSE grade would still count as a pass.


Previously students sitting exams this year had to get a grade 5 to achieve a pass – the old equivalent of a C.


But Ms Greening announced yesterday a lower grade 4 would be the “standard” pass grade.


Last night a senior Whitehall source said: “This looks like a U turn on the Government’s drive to improve standards for all just at the moment post Brexit when our students need to be more highly skilled than ever before.”


Previously ministers had said in order to pass GCSE pupils would need to achieve a grade 5 – considered a high C or lo B grade.


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