'The new GCSE English exams are a fine example of "going off half-cocked"'

Taking stock of how the great GCSE experiment has played out, one English teacher worries that the new exams will not be accessible to many of his students.

 

With days left for voters to make their choice about the country’s future, one of the key policy battlegrounds is education.

 

As this summer sees the first set of Michael Gove’s new-style terminal exams being sat, we have a key opportunity to take stock of how the great GCSE experiment has played out over the past seven years.

 

The most noticeable change to GCSE examinations is the move away from the familiar letter-grading system of A*-U, in favour of the numerical 9-1 grades.

 

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