The Skills Commission is asking the Government to consider whether a post-16 modular GCSE should be introduced for learners retaking English and maths GCSEs.
In its report, A spotlight on... young people with below average academic attainment and the skills sector, the Commission highlights the pathways that young people take through GCSEs, the skills and further education system.
It focuses on ways to support these young people, particularly in the light of large numbers of young people failing to achieve benchmark English and maths GCSE grades. In summer 2016, 26.9% of learners aged 17+ re-taking GCSE English achieved at least a C grade compared with 29.5% achieving GCSE maths.
In addition to a post-16 modular GCSE, the Commission makes a number of recommendations including: