Analysis: Do new GCSEs give all pupils a ‘fair deal’?

“The programme is very focused on developing character and self-esteem,” says Rachel Johnson. “We wanted to ask, what kind of deal are these young people getting in school? Are these the best days of their lives?” Tes reports.

Ms Johnson, head of strategy at PiXL a self-help club of nearly 3,000 schools, is talking about its “Build Up” programme that more than 500 secondaries have signed up to since May.

Julie McCulloch, policy director of the ASCL said: “There are serious concerns about the increased difficulty and how accessible the GCSEs are for lower-ability pupils” 

Build Up aims to raise the attainment of 20 of the lowest-attaining pupils in every school. Some schools have altered their timetables to ensure low-ability cohorts have more access to the scheme to try and boost their attainment as much as possible.

Read more about ‘Build Up’ and the ‘forgotten third’ Analysis: Do new GCSEs give all pupils a ‘fair deal’? 

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