Tes Editorial

Could a new maths curriculum be the saviour of GCSE resits?

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Since its inception, the GCSE resit policy has been controversial.

It is now a condition of funding for colleges in England that students who achieved a grade 3 (or D) in maths or English GCSE resit the qualification.

The policy has certainly driven up the number of college students taking GCSEs – 170,000 young people sat their maths GCSE last summer, a 58 per cent rise on the year before. But just 23.7 per cent achieved a grade 4 or equivalent.

And just last week it was revealed that the grade 9-4 pass rate for students resitting GCSE English and maths exams in November had fallen compared ...

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