Gove to reverse GCSE decision

Published on Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:26
Written by Scott Buckler

Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, is to make a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday 7 February 2013, on curriculum, exam and accountability reform

Michael Gove is expected to announce Plans to stick with GCSEs in key subjects in England rather than replace them with an English Baccalaureate Certificate.The reversal is expected to be announced in the Commons later, alongside changes to the curriculum.

Education Secretary Michael Gove had planned to bring in the baccalaureate certificate from autumn 2015, but faced criticism from MPs and teaching unions.

Labour said it was a "humiliating climbdown" for Mr Gove.

The plans for the new qualification, announced in September, are set to be shelved, with GCSEs expected to be retained, despite having been condemned by the education secretary.

The new baccalaureate certificate was billed by the government as having a tougher syllabus, with exams at the end of the course in a return to an O-level style traditional qualification.

The changes being outlined by Mr Gove later are still expected to include plans to reduce the role played by course work in GCSEs.

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