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1 GCSE – the future Tim Oates Group Director Assessment Research & Development

2 English Bac Certificates - the proposal Single awarding bodies contracted to deliver suites of EBCs in English Maths and Sciences History Geography and MFL to follow To be taken by 90% of school cohort who will obtain a meaningful grade and level of achievement Those not attaining a level of education commensurate with the EBC standard can take the qualifications later – at 17, 18 etc Break the culture of early taking, game playing through modules etc Link standards to international benchmarks

3 GCSEs are not perfect Tiering – hidden discrimination and inequalities Complexity – the Harvard ‘core curriculum’ cycle Using GCSEs as a principal accountability measure Failure to distinguish qualifications and curriculum Lack of candid recognition of the real evidence on grade inflation and genuine improvement in underlying standards of attainment

4 Some important issues GCSEs a highly successful innovation - Vocational GCSEs, GNVQs Breakdown of curriculum rationale in the wake of irrational equivalences Degeneration of ‘curriculum thinking’ into ‘qualifications mindset’ Failure to address ‘routes’ in the system – vestiges of tripartism High diversity in institutional forms Tomlinson reforms rejected - unified system thinking Andrew Marr – Today Programme ‘…why not a full review of arrangements….’ EBC may be partial but right…and not for the obvious reasons

5 Not the obvious reasons A Levels are not that uncommon – you just need to look properly Two year advanced Two-year advanced specialisation has an economic and personal logic regarding maximal use of restricted time Two-year advanced specialisation is intrinsic to short-duration high level Higher Education A level now commands high wage return in contrast to some HE programmes True extended participation demands massive social, economic and personal re-orientation We have very high levels of lifelong learning, combined with highly flexible FE provision

6 But – some important issues GCSEs a highly successful innovation - Vocational GCSEs, GNVQs Breakdown of curriculum rationale in the wake of irrational equivalences Degeneration of ‘curriculum thinking’ into ‘qualifications mindset’ Failure to address ‘routes’ in the system – vestiges of tripartism High diversity in institutional forms Tomlinson reforms rejected - unified system thinking Andrew Marr – Today Programme ‘…why not a full review of arrangements….’ EBC may be partial but right…and not for the obvious reasons

7 Control factors – again The tightrope balance of managing control factors – loosen here, tighten there If you don’t use qualifications as a control factor you most likely need to tighten the use of others – eg National Curriculum, curriculum time on subjects, approved textbooks etc There could be a total system review but this goes way beyond Tomlinson-style qualifications review – it extends to anaylsis of all control factors, the vocational route, the structure and funding of HE etc etc So….EBC right?…yes, imperfect, of its time…and the right direction of travel


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