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Gove's suffers setback to GCSE overhaul plans
3:09pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
MICHAEL Gove's plan to overhaul GCSE and A-level examinations has been put back by exam regulator Ofqual.
The body has told the education secretary that new A-level exams in mathematics would not be ready until 2016.
Glenys Stacey, Ofqual's chief regulator said: “It is clear that the amount of work needed on GCSEs, including the development of strengthened regulator arrangements, means we cannot be confident that new, high-quality GCSEs in all subjects could be ready in good time for first teaching from 2015.
“We have therefore decided that we should focus the GCSE reform programme initially on English language, English literature and mathematics, which are the subjects where there are the biggest concerns.”
Modern languages, science, history, geography and other GCSE subjects will not now be ready for pupils to study until 2016 at the earliest, a year later than Gove's plan – with Stacey warning that the 2015 timetable for English and maths was still under review.
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