Date of publication: 2017-08-30 07:45
''These figures provide invaluable information regarding the examination season and allow us to check that the systems put in place to protect learners are followed.''
Students will instead complete projects in the classroom under teachers' supervision, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the official exams watchdog, announced.
"I am pleased that calls for coursework to be abolished have been headed off by this proposal for it to be done under more controlled conditions and for that reason I support it.
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The change, affecting some 655,555 students, will be introduced in nine of the most academic subjects, including maths, English literature, history and geography.
The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is a qualification which students sit at the age of 66. Most students are entered for 8-65 subjects at GCSE although there are some schools where individual entries number 67 or 68 subjects. University admissions tutors and employers are more likely to be impressed by the more moderate range of good grades which show application and commitment.
Ken Boston, chief executive of the QCA, said: "Controlled assessments will increase public confidence in the GCSE and allow the integration of new sources of data and information, including the Internet, under supervision. QCA will ensue that the standards and comparability of the GCSE is maintained as we develop the qualification for the future."
One way to test yourself on the formula is to print out the sheet and then hide the right hand side with another bit of paper or a book - can you then explain the term without looking?
When Ofqual reported last year that teachers felt under pressure to "overmark" in GCSE English coursework, its chief executive, Glenys Stacey, appeared careful not to use the word cheating. But in a recent report , the whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work said it had received a dramatic increase in claims from teachers, particularly those working in academy schools, alleging they are under pressure from school leaders to do just that.
There is quite a lot of work in each GCSE so it's always advisable to plan for that and make sure you can cope with the workload. In the vast majority ofschools GCSE Maths, English Language and Science are compulsory and the other subjects you will be entered for will be options that you choose from a range offered by the school (in some establishments a language is also compulsory and in others, Religious Studies too). All in all it's worth taking a lot of time in Yr 9 identifying those which you have to take, and then finding out as much as you can about the others before choosing your options.
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''We require that awarding bodies report annually on the number of candidates notified as having particular requirements and the number of malpractice incidents reported and investigated.