Ever wondered if GCSEs are right for all your students? You are not alone. Even Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee, has called for GCSEs to be scrapped and A-levels replaced with a combination of academic and vocational subjects….
Here’s an extract from the BBC article ..
“His radical rewriting of England’s exam system is designed to give young people a much broader range of skills for their working lives.
Mr Halfon, who presented his blueprint at an event in London run by the Edge vocational education charity, wants to end what he sees as an excessively narrow academic pathway in secondary schools.
Instead of taking academic subjects at GCSE and A-level, he wants young people to have a broader curriculum, with vocational training alongside traditional subjects.
The MP is proposing a baccalaureate system to replace A-levels, with a mix of arts, sciences and vocational subjects and exams at the age of 18.
“Get rid of GCSEs, which seem to me pointless. Instead there should be some kind of assessment to show how far you’re progressing,” he says.