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One small step for colleges, one giant leap for the DfE

A change in government policy reflects a shift in thinking over GCSE resits, writes Stephen Exley

At 10.49am last Wednesday, a gov.uk email dropped into my inbox.

For uninitiated, the anodyne-sounding subject line “16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding” might have led to the email being deleted without a click. But no one in the FE sector needs reminding that it is this condition of funding that is behind the explosion in English and maths GCSE resits that has come to dominate colleges in recent years.

Having read through the note from the Education and Skills Funding Agency, it was hard not to feel a little underwhelmed, bearing in mind the emotive subject concerned.

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