Assessment: GCSEs get funding
The Government has agreed to fund state schools to offer nine IGCSEs in art and design, English (second language), history, French, business studies, geography, Hindi, Greek and music. The exams, used by a growing number of independent schools, will be known as Cambridge International Certificates in the UK to avoid confusion with conventional GCSEs. University of Cambridge International Examinations, the exam board offering the qualification, is confident another seven courses will be given funding in the near future. The outstanding exams cover the statutory KS4 curriculum of maths, English, science and ICT.