Posted on Monday 11th Jan 2016
The Sunday Times is reporting an analysis by Labour that suggests the majority of pupils who resat maths and English GCSEs in 2014 obtained lower grades than the first time they took the exams.
The party has analysed official figures to show that two-thirds of 16 to 18-year-olds who retook GCSE maths failed to improve their grade and half achieved a lower one. For those retaking GCSE English, 60% failed to improve and 40% obtained a lower one.
In total, only 11% of those who resat English and 7% of those who resat maths scored a grade C or above second time around.
Lucy Powell, the shadow education secretary, is quoted.
“English and maths skills are key for our country’s competitiveness, yet this government is failing to drive up standards among young people in these crucial subjects,” she said.
“The government is failing to get enough good maths and English teachers into the system.”
The paper points out that under government rules, pupils who fail to achieve at least a grade C in GCSE English and maths have to resit the exams (with an estimated 250,000 falling into this category each year.
25/11/22Oxford University's Ukrainian scholarships to continue
Ukrainian students displaced by the Russian invasion could study at Oxford University as part of a new scheme.
15/11/22New special needs teaching block could be built at Strood high school
Strood Academy wants to open the new site, which would support 25 children on the autism spectrum
24/08/22BTEC and Cambridge Technicals results delay - government releases new statement
Government orders exam boards Pearson and OCR to give regular updates
02/08/22Vocational and training qualifications decline during pandemic By Robbie Meredith
The number of vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) awarded in Northern Ireland fell by about 20% during the Covid pandemic.
19/01/22What are the Covid rules in schools and will they stay open this term?
Face coverings will no longer be compulsory in England's secondary school classrooms from 20 January.