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Policy Connect in Times Education Supplement: more than 211,000 learners "must sound alarm bells at the Department for Education"

Policy Connect in Times Education Supplement: more than 211,000 learners "must sound alarm bells at the Department for Education"

25th August 2017

Jonathan Shaw, CEO of the thinktank Policy Connect, said news that more than 211,000 learners will face mandatory GCSE resits next year "must sound alarm bells at the Department for Education".

“Our collaborative research has found that the policy has not benefitted learners or the economy at large," Mr Shaw said. "The recurring cycle of resits dents the confidence of learners and does not encourage them to attain the skills and qualifications they need to succeed and thrive. 

“We call on the DfE to implement a post-16 modular GCSE, or a functional skills GCSE with applied English and maths, for all learners instead. This would guarantee a skilled workforce moving confidently into the world of work, and contributing to the economy.”

  • Concerns about resits were also raised by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers today, which has called for the policy to be scrapped.
  • 'GCSE results should start a new national policy conversation' said Federation of Awarding Bodies CEO, Stephen Wright here.
  • Mark Dawe, CEO of AELP, echoed last year's Spotlight report calling for reform to resits policy. Read here on the Guardian; Telegraph.
  • GCSE results: the sector responds - FENews.co.uk.