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'Good luck to you all' – college GCSE resits in pictures

Tweets reveal the scale of the challenge facing FE providers as thousands of students sit GCSE maths paper

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Tweets reveal the scale of the challenge facing FE providers as thousands of students sit GCSE maths paper

Thousands of FE learners are sitting, or resitting, GCSE exams this summer. The exam period is expected to be particularly testing for FE colleges, with record numbers of students retaking English and maths GCSEs.

Today, with thousands sitting GCSE maths exams, FE colleges and students took to social media to share their exam experiences.

Good luck to all mk college students sitting their maths GCSE exam today

— Julie Walters (@jawaltershill) May 26, 2016

Some of my 500 maths students preparing for today's exam :-)

— Anthony bravo (@Anthonybravo) May 26, 2016

 Last year some colleges were forced to cancel lessons and book external venues in order to free up sufficient space for students to sit their exams. City College Norwich told TES that this year it was holding GCSE English and maths exams at the Royal Norfolk Showground – one of the biggest open-space buildings in Norfolk. More than 1,000 students will sit GCSE English this year – three times the number who sat it two years ago.


@JerryWhiteCCN massive thanks to @norwichcollege & NES staff incl Exams, IT, Campus Services, Secretariat & Dardan

— CCN GEM (@CCNGEMSchool) May 26, 2016

The number of  GCSE students aged 17 and over has grown significantly over the past three years. In 2013, more than 140,000 students aged 17 and over sat an English or a maths GCSE. In 2015, this had increased to almost 230,000 students.

We are ready! Are you? #GCSEMaths @CCNGEMSchool @norwichcollege

— CCN GEM (@CCNGEMSchool) May 26, 2016

Colleges around the country took to social media to wish good luck to all their learners.

GCSE Maths exam today. Good luck to all @Dudley_College @DudleySixth @DudleyAdvance

— Lowell Williams (@DudleycolLowell) May 26, 2016

@Chi_College welcoming breakfast & revision from 7 am for 600 students retaking GCSE Maths.

— Shelagh Legrave (@ShelaghLegrave) May 26, 2016

Some students, however, felt luck would not be enough.

Can't believe I have to go into college just to fail my maths GCSE

— Annie (@annierxsee) May 26, 2016

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