GCSEs 2019: Progress 8 driving early entries in English

Early English literature GCSE entries from 15-year-olds have risen by 17.9 per cent in a year, it was revealed yesterday. Tes reports.

This follows a rise of 39.1 per cent in the number of early entries in English literature in 2018. Some exam boards are suggesting the increase is driven by school performance measures.

Schools are likely to enter pupils into both English qualifications to qualify for the English Baccalaureate. The thinking may be that spreading the final exams for the qualifications over two years may give pupils a chance of banking a good grade.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the ASCL, said that early entry was only justified when it was in a student’s best interests.

“There are sometimes accusations of people doing that in the interests of the school and performance tables – it would be really nice to get to a system where that isn’t part of the accusation around it.”

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