GCSE grading changes mean trauma and chaos for pupils, Labour claims

Jeremy Corbyn criticises changes to GCSEs and says students should not be forced to rote learn poetry for English Literature paper.


The government's shake up of the GCSE grading system has made sitting the exams "traumatic", Jeremy Corbyn has said. 


Launching Labour's education policies for the 2017 general election at an event in Leeds today, the party's leader also said students should not have to rote learn poetry for the GCSE English Literature exam because it would "put them off poetry for the rest of their lives".


Asked about his views on the government's reforms to GCSE grades - which will begin to transition to a new 1 to 9 scale this summer - Mr Corbyn said he felt for pupils "going through the trauma of starting GCSEs".


He continued: "Going through day after day of that very complex matrix of exams and knowing that the grading system has been so changed that they’re going to feel a bit devalued at the end of it.


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