The TES is reporting that teachers have urged the government to scrap rules requiring pupils to resit GCSEs in English and maths if they do not get a C grade.
The NASUWT’s annual conference in Birmingham this week passed a motion calling for an “alternative pathway” for pupils who were “unable to achieve” C grades in the tests.
Since August, government funding for post-16 student places has been conditional on pupils retaking GCSEs in English and maths if they do not have a C grade.
It means this will be the first summer in which all of those pupils have to retake GCSEs in the subjects…
But Stella Ucheobi, a teacher from Birmingham, told the conference that 65 per cent of pupils who resat the tests in 2014-15 had done so “in vain” because they had not scored a C.
She said some pupils were dropping out of post-16 study because of the requirement to retake the tests…
“GCSEs have been foisted on to our D-grade learners and they’re viewed as more equal than other maths and English qualifications. How must that make our students feel if they have failed to get a C time and time again?” she said.
Do you agree with Stella Ucheobi or see a role for these mandatory resits?
If there is an “alternative path”, what do you think it should be?
Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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