Nicky Morgan permanently bans iGCSEs from league tables

The Times is reporting that International GCSEs are to be barred permanently from school performance tables, forcing hundreds of state schools to drop courses and switch to alternative examinations…

The paper suggests the education secretary has taken to the decision because of fears exam boards could produce easier qualification and undermine attempts to reinvigorate GCSEs.

The move could also mean many private schools disappearing from league tables.

The Times points out this is the first time Nicky Morgan has reversed a policy decision taken by Michael Gove, after he announced in 2010 that state schools would be able to enter pupils for iGCSEs.

Mrs Morgan has written to the exam boards saying accreditation had not been possible based on advice from Glenys Stacey at Ofqual…

More at: Minister overturns decision on rival exams (subscription may be required)

 

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Comments

  1. Philip_Britton

    SchoolsImprove will not miss being out of league tables (again) Interesting use of the word permanent in ever shifting education policy….

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The “dream team” of NickyMorgan01 and Glenys Stacey came up with this decision. That doesn’t instil confidence at all

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Having seen the maths iGCSE I think that this is possibly a bit harsh on the qualification. Not sure about other subjects

  4. supernash69

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Completely harsh on Literarure iGCSE which is more rigorous but more interesting than GCSE.

  5. andylutwyche

    supernash69 SchoolsImprove I’d say that maths iGCSE has more rigour than “normal” GCSE, although that will change with new curriculum

  6. supernash69

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove State schools went for iGCSEs not for ease but because they were dependable & not used as political football.

  7. andylutwyche

    supernash69 SchoolsImprove Correct – politicians don’t like being unable to tinker. Response: ban them essentially

  8. supernash69

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Couldn’t control content so easier to just remove.One issue was English Lang included coursework. Shock horror

  9. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove …and the evidence for this is what exactly? Ms Morgan appears to be looking to make a mark. Election time?

  10. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove this does nothing to “close the gap” as IGCSE attainment is used as a marketing tool by Indy schools, as a +ive difference

  11. Janet2

    Plans to exclude IGCSEs from league tables were made public on 1 July when Gove was still SoS (he was demoted on 15 July).  The only decision made by Morgan is to ratify these plans and make the exclusion permanent (which was implied in any case).  This can hardly be described as a ‘reversal’ of Gove’s policies because removing IGCSEs from league tables was planned on his watch.

  12. Janet2

    @FionaTipper SchoolsImprove DfE, 7 June 2010, re IGCSEs:

    ‘…state-funded schools will be free to teach from September a wide range of these respected and valued qualifications, putting them on a level playing field with independent schools who have offered them for some time.’

    The ‘level playing field’ has now become rather uneven.  You’re right – indy schools will use teaching IGCSEs for marketing purposes as they always have claiming they are harder than GCSEs.

  13. Janet2

    If state schools continued to offer IGCSEs or even increased their use, a tipping point would come when league tables would useless.

    IGCSEs are dead.  Long live IGCSEs.

  14. echeadmaster

    SchoolsImprove Schools CHOOSE IGCSE: better courses and more reliably marked. It is politics to remove them – politics over education.

  15. echeadmaster

    FionaTipper SchoolsImprove We choose them because they’re better. We put education above marketing; above politics.

  16. echeadmaster

    FionaTipper SchoolsImprove We choose them because they’re better. We put education above marketing; above politics.

  17. echeadmaster

    FionaTipper SchoolsImprove We choose them because they’re better. We put education above marketing; above politics.

  18. FionaTipper

    echeadmaster SchoolsImprove I am in full agreement with you Simon! We do IGCSE and in my opinion the courses are just better.

  19. TW

    If IGCSEs are better than GCEs, and state schools are in effect prevented from using IGCSEs by fear of Ofsted, and independent schools don’t care about Ofsted and league tables, that leaves the ConDem government free to continue rubbishing state schools so that they can hand them over to their parasite friends who want to use them as profit centres.  How convenient.

  20. hallyrowe

    murphiegirl MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove Please will someone tell me that current Yr 10 and 11 can still sit IGCSE English Language.

  21. murphiegirl

    hallyrowe MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove Yep we’ve checked now – current cohort will count so that’s up to 2016 entry. We rang the board.

  22. murphiegirl

    hallyrowe MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove Yep we’ve checked now – current cohort will count so that’s up to 2016 entry. We rang the board.

  23. SchPerfTabs

    CIE_Education SchoolsImprove brianlightman NAHTnews all iGCSEs will count in the new alternative School Performance Tables next year

  24. murphiegirl

    SchoolsImprove Of COURSE she has. iGCSE tests RL reading/writing, spking with articulacy; new GCSE asks kids to read 19thC non-fict #useful

  25. getcarter66

    SchoolsImprove How much did that policy cost the Tax Payer – why do politicians play with education like a cat with a ball of wool?

  26. TracieRaufi

    getcarter66 SchoolsImprove I totally agree. They don’t care, its not their money they are wasting!! Drives me mad U0001f620

  27. JoWebbTeach

    BarkerLeadershp BeyondLevels it’s a good qual which the independent schools will continue with but is different from new style gcses.

  28. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Under David Bell, Ofsted was at least sane. Now they are self discrediting given the nonsenses they come up with…

  29. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Under David Bell, Ofsted was at least sane. Now they are self discrediting given the nonsenses they come up with…

  30. lindsayjskinner

    Nikki_Doughty SchoolsImprove No surprise as ofqual already rejected 2017 spec but iGCSE good ’til then unless we get more mid-year Uturns

  31. lindsayjskinner

    Nikki_Doughty SchoolsImprove No surprise as ofqual already rejected 2017 spec but iGCSE good ’til then unless we get more mid-year Uturns

  32. AlfredoNokez1

    SchoolsImprove And therefore precludes direct comparison between private & state schools’ performance perchance? #blatant

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