Farming GCSE not out to grass

15th December 2000 at 00:00
With reference to the article "Farming GCSE put out to pasture" (TES, December 1), I would like to set the record straight. Farming GCSEs have not been "lost". Rural and agricultural GCSE study will continue through a revised rural science GCSE.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has also rcently advised ministers on the possibility of separate English language and English literature GCSEs. Revised English GCSEs will be available for first teaching in September 2002 and are not postponed, as the article claims.

David Hargreaves Chief executive, QCA 83 Piccadilly, London W1

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