The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that learners who do not achieve grade 4 or grade D in GCSE English and Maths will have to re-take the GCSE again (as per the current system). There has been a strong lobbying presence in the sector to reverse this, or to change the GCSE re-take to Functional Skills instead. Today, the DfE have confirmed that the GCSE re-take will remain.
So how has the sector responded?
Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager for 14-19 and Curriculum at the Association of Colleges (AoC), said: “AoC had hoped to see the funding tolerance continued and will be speaking to Department for Education officials to discuss future steps.
“Our response to the Industrial Strategy consultation has reiterated why the funding condition in its current form is not the best way to achieve our shared goal of ensuring every young person has the necessary grounding in English and maths at the start of adult life.”
What do you think?