An expert look at… ... whether GCSEs and A levels could be axed

It will take a lot of political will to uproot GCSEs and A levels, writes Will Hazell

Every week, one of our reporters will take a look at one of their specialist topics and offer their unique insight. This week, Will Hazell reflects on an influential Conservative’s call for GCSEs and A levels to be scrapped – and weighs up the likelihood of his plan coming to fruition


GCSEs and A levels are such long-standing fixtures of the educational landscape that in some ways it’s difficult to imagine life without them.

GCSEs arrived on the scene in 1989, and A levels in 1951.

But have they had their day? That’s certainly what Robert Halfon, the chair of the House of Commons ...

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