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News - 4 June 2014

Changes to GCSE and A-level subjects

 Ofqual, the education watchdog, has said that exam reforms in England will see tougher qualifications for some GCSE and A-level subjects, while others, such applied science and electronics could cease to be GCSE subjects.

 
Ofqual chief Glenys Stacey said it was important that qualifications were "reviewed and updated".
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
"The big mainstream subjects, such as English, maths, science, history and languages have already had overhauls announced. Arts and creative subjects have also had changes announced, so this latest announcement affects the remaining non-core subjects.”
 
The Ofqual consultation puts a question mark over exams which have relatively small numbers of candidates - such as 105 for manufacturing GCSE - and others which are similar to related subjects, such as A-level performance studies and drama and theatre studies.
 
There are more than 20 GCSEs and A-levels which could be discontinued from 2016, including GCSEs in expressive arts, home economics, applied science, engineering and environmental science.
 
Ofqual is also consulting on revising and strengthening another group of subjects, which would be taught from 2017. These include ancient history, astronomy, economics, media studies and psychology.
 
Head teachers' leader Brian Lightman welcomed the consultation, saying: "We need finally to let go of this toxic discourse about 'soft' and 'rigorous' subjects."
"The plans for the most part appear sensible. There are a few areas where we do have concerns about proposals to discontinue popular qualifications, in particular film studies at A-level and home economics at GCSE. We will be picking this up with Ofqual."
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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