GCSEs Switching to 1-8 Numbered Grades, Lessening Reliance on Coursework

By Gary Cutlack on at

The ways in which the brains of the youth of the nation are graded is set to change from 2015, with the government apparently deciding to bin the A-G scoring system and lessen the importance of coursework in a refreshed GCSE system.

The plan is said to contain more "rigorous content" in GCSE studies, with English students, for example, having to slog through an entire Shakespeare play and read poetry and 19th Century novels with all their confusing, more-than-140-character sentences.

It's believed that maths will be made harder and might include more advanced forms of algebra, physics and biology will include a higher emphasis on mechanics and genetics, while language subjects are set to be made tougher thanks to an increased focus on grammatical rules.

And instead of one final exam that takes years of coursework into account, pupils will be graded by a series of exams that take place every two years, which will apparently include more of a need to complete "essay-based" answers, rather than randomly pinging off a few multiple choice ticks. [BBC]

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