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GCSE resit change will harm social mobility

The latest change to the GCSE resits policy will stand in the way of social mobility, writes Andrew Otty

The golden age of GCSE English resits might be drawing to a close.

I may be the only person to ever call it that. But the policy has resulted in real achievements.

Learners have got used to the idea of resits and don’t kick against the mandatory enrolment anything like they did three or four years ago.

Most surprising, perhaps, has been the progress made by those whose attainment was the lowest at the end of Year 11. National data shows that they have been more likely to improve their GCSE grades post-16 than the grade 3/D-grade students the policy intended to push across the line.

And yet ...

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