The Education Secretary’s plan is for students to begin studying tougher O-level style exams in English, maths and the sciences from September 2014, taking the first new exams in 2016. Less academic pupils will sit a different, more straightforward exam, like the old CSE. Other plans are for the national curriculum at secondary level to be scrapped, so that heads would decide what pupils should study – as is already the case with new academy schools. The traditional benchmark of pupils getting five good GCSEs is also going to be abolished.
With the news from the Daily Mail of leaked papers on the changes of GCSEs to a more O-Level type exam, here are the other changes that Michael Gove announced last week as part of a ‘Transformation’ of Education
Michael Gove spoke last week at the National College of Leaders Conference. With the focus of the three day event being ‘Seizing Success’ Gove’s speech concentrated firstly on the progress in leadership development in our schools, moving on to how the government are planning to transform the next generation of quality teachers.
This is the summary of the main points that stood out from the keynote speech: