Exam reforms: written report card to be provided for children with no formal qualifications at 16

Teenagers who struggle in traditional exams are to be provided with a written report card to mark out their strengths and weaknesses under the proposed reform to the examination system. This is from the Telegraph…

For the first time, children with no formal qualifications will be provided with a “statement of achievement” at 16 amid claims that the existing GCSE structure “fails lower-attaining students”.

Pupils struggling the most will also be given a second chance to take test papers at the age of 17 or 18.

The measures are being seen as a victory for the Liberal Democrats, who claimed that the original plans for a toughening up of the exams system would have left less academic pupils behind.

Currently, about one per cent of 16 year-olds — almost 6,000 — fail to achieve a single GCSE pass by the time they leave school.

A further seven per cent — 42,000 — fail to gain more than one C grade.

Under new plans, all pupils will be expected to take the new English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBacc) qualifications.

Pupils who fail to sit the exams at all will receive a written report at 16 outlining their achievements during compulsory education. A consultation document published by the Coalition said the report would list “their strengths and weaknesses in each subject and . . . will help their future school or college understand what additional teaching and support they will need” to pass an EBacc after 16.

These pupils should also be given a second chance to sit EBaccs in the sixth-form.

This ties in with separate reforms introduced under Labour that requires all pupils to remain in some form of education and training up to their 18th birthday by 2017.

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