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Sector unites to oppose compulsory GCSE resits

Alternative qualification urged for learners without a C grade in English and maths

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Pressure is growing for the government to scrap its policy of compulsory GCSE English and maths resits.

An unprecedented alliance of sector bodies and unions (see box, below) has told TES that it believes the contentious policy should be changed and an alternative qualification permitted for learners who have not achieved a C grade in either subject.

A new report backed by senior figures in the sector, shared exclusively with TES, also concludes that a rethink on resits is needed.

According to the Association of Colleges, in 2015-16 – the first year in which resits were a condition of ...

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