Key features of the structure and content of new GCSEs in English literature, English language and maths were confirmed today. New GCSEs in these subjects are to be taught from September 2015 with the first exams taking place in Summer 2017. New GCSEs in other subjects will be taught in schools from September 2016.
The key structural features confirmed by Ofqual include:
The content of new GCSE English literature, English language and maths announced by the DfE today features:
Commenting on today’s announcements, Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive said: “The current approach to GCSE maths and English in the UK doesn’t add up, as demonstrated by the recent OECD international skills study. We need to be more nimble with numbers and more articulate. We are poised to implement major changes to our Maths and English GCSEs to prepare young people for an increasingly global 21st century skills market.”
“While welcoming more challenging maths in our schools, we know that this will be nothing short of a quantum leap for teachers. The new ‘Big Maths’ will be a good thing as long as it does not become ‘Supersize’ and unmanageable. More hours will be spent teaching the subject each week and there will be more hours of exams. Teachers will need support to find new ways of delivering and assessing their subject and OCR is poised to help them in every way we can.”
“We welcome the retention of digital texts in English language, something we lobbied for, but are concerned that the end of set texts could mean many English language students will never read a book from cover to cover. We want students to enjoy English language and English literature.”
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