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Properly funded English and maths is a basic right

Some GCSE resit students will never get a ‘good’ pass – but we can equip them with the skills they need to function, writes Anne Haig Smith

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With another demanding start to the FE year under our belts, our new cohorts of GCSE retake students are settling into their classes. But the lot of these students is not necessarily a happy one. Hot on the heels of the disappointment of finding out that the longed for C or 4 grade has not materialised, students discover that a substantial part of their week is now filled with retake classes.

Some are eager to do well this time around – some are resigned to their fate, but as yet unconvinced they will succeed. Then there are a handful who are reluctant, posing challenges with attendance and ...

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