Submitted by admin.rpa on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:43
Web visitors may be interested in an update on GCSE reforms, as they are described in March 2013's The Leader, ASCL's monthly magazine (ASCL is the professional organisation of Headteachers).
"GCSEs will be comprehensively reformed, with an increase in difficulty at the level of what is widely considered to be a pass (currently indicated by a grade C). This will be achieved through a balance of more challenging subject content and more rigorous assessment structures.
The changes will apply to GCSEs in English language, English literature, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, combined science (double award), history and geography for first teaching from 2015 ( in other words, current Year 7s). Changes to other subjects will follow, with the aim that the new qualifications are in place for teaching from September 2016."
Visit the Department of Education website for more information.
The Leader writes: "The changes to SEN have been hailed as the biggest overhaul for 30 years; however the bill leaves most of the practical issues to be dealt with in the Code of Practice and regulations. Whether it is sufficiently coherent to protect or indeed improve provision will depend on them."
The SEN changes include extending provision from birth to 25, replacing statements with birth to 25 Education, Care and Health Plans (ECHPs), the introduction of personal budgets, requirements on local authorities, education and health to jointly commission services and a requirement on local authorities to publish a 'local offer' of services.
The article expresses concern as to who will qualify for an ECHP and the danger that the changes may lead to a net decrease in funding and expertise in mainstream schools.
Click here to read my previous blog entry about exam changes.