Julia Belgutay

Gulf in resits leaves most disadvantaged cast adrift

In one area of the country, just one in 50 students achieve GCSE resit success

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Since it became a condition of colleges’ funding that young people who narrowly failed to achieve a good pass in GCSE maths or English be required to retake the subject, concerns have been growing that the policy could be short-changing many of the learners most in need.

A Tes analysis of new data released by the Department for Education reveals massive disparities across England in the proportion of young people who, having failed to obtain a grade C grade or 4 in both subjects at school, go on to achieve this by the age of 19.

The statistics for 2015-16 – the year in which the condition of ...

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