Petitions against new GCSE exams attract tens of thousands of signatures

The TES is reporting that exams should not test a student’s memory for formulas or quotes. Two petitions against this year’s reformed GCSEs have attracted more than 130,000 signatures. 

One petition, which already has more than 71,000 signatures, has called for GCSE students to be allowed a formula sheet in their maths exams. 

And the second petition, which has attracted more than 60,000 signatures, says the government should authorise open book examinations for the English Literature GCSE.

Both petitions say that GCSE students should not be expected to memorise formulas and quotes during their exams this year.   

This summer will be the first time that students sit the tougher GCSEs in English and maths – which will be graded from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G.

Referring to formulas in the maths GCSE, the creator of the petition writes: “If the government can recite them back to us then of course we can use a sheet but for now it’s unfair.”

Meanwhile, the petition against closed book exams for the English GCSE says: “Exams shouldn’t be a test on the student’s memory, but how we interpret texts.” 

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  1. Anonymous

    I agree formulas should be provided, it’s how they use them that’s important. There is enough pressure on young people for these new exams already without having to remember formulas too .

  2. There appear to be only about 10 formulae they need to know. Among these are things they should all know anyway: area of circle, Pythagoras etc. That leaves only about 3 difficult ones. Too much fuss?

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