The TES is reporting that delays to the approval process for new GCSE and A-Levels have resulted in 58 per cent still being in draft form with teachers having little time to make changes.
…education secretary Nicky Morgan admitted that most specifications had still not been approved with just 16 school weeks to go before they are taught.
Figures from exams watchdog Ofqual… show that 66 of 156 specifications have been accredited, leaving 90, or 58 per cent, still in draft form. This includes all GCSE science papers, none of which have yet been officially approved.
Labour shadow education secretary Lucy Powell told the House of Commons today that teachers had been given “just weeks or no time at all” to prepare for the changes.
But Ms Morgan rejected the accusation, claiming that Ms Powell “clearly doesn’t want to raise standards in our education system”.
“Ofqual are working with the exam boards to make sure that all of the specifications are ready,” she said. “We absolutely want to give teachers as much notice as possible.”
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said …
“It’s the second week of March and teachers are still waiting to find out what they are being expected to teach children in September because half of GCSEs and two-thirds of AS and A levels have not been approved by Ofqual,” she said…
The latest details are available from Ofqual at: Accreditation of GCSEs, AS & A levels for teaching from 2016
How concerned are you to hear of these delays and what impact, in reality, will it make on courses due to start in September?
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