Headteachers call for GCSE English Language to be scrapped as a third of students fail English

The Association of School and College Leaders – which is the country’s biggest union for secondary heads – said the change is needed because a “forgotten third” of students currently fail GCSE maths and English. iNews reports.

In 2018 more than 187,000 students in England failed to get at least a grade 4 – equivalent to the old grade C and considered a “standard pass” – in the subjects.

Instead, it is calling for a new Passport in English, which would be taken by everyone “at the point of readiness of the student”, and which could be built on over time at different levels between the ages of 15 and 19.

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