GCSE resits: Influential Tory MP urges policy change

Neil O’Brien, the MP for Harborough in Leicestershire, has spoken out against the GCSE resit policy, throwing his weight behind the #FullyFunctional campaign.  Tes reports.

The campaign, launched by awarding body NCFE earlier this year, calls for students who achieved grade 3 in English and maths GCSE to be given the opportunity to take functional skills, instead of having to resit their GCSE. 

Mr O’Brien wrote: “Most people in their lives will use functional mathematics: they will need to work out the interest on a loan or understand a pension or even use it for DIY.  Relatively few will use what they learn in GCSE maths.”

He said that offering functional skills qualifications would help students who struggle in class and provide an alternative style of learning which suited different people.  

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