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Details of the most radical overhaul of GCSEs in England for a generation will be announced today, i

Details of the most radical overhaul of GCSEs in England for a generation will be announced today, including plans to scrap the current grading system. Photo credit: David Davies/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Details of the most radical overhaul of GCSEs in England for a generation will be announced today, including plans to scrap the current grading system.

Exams regulator Ofqual will publish a consultation setting out proposals for GCSE reform, likely to include plans to axe coursework in the majority of subjects, introduce end-of-course exams, curtail re-sits and overhaul the grading system. This could mean scrapping current A*-G grades and replacing them with a numbered system.

What do you think about the reforms? Does the GCSE system need to be overhauled? Leave your comments at the bottom of this page.

The Department for Education is also expected to unveil new information on the content of the exams today.

Under the changes, ministers will announce that pupils will study whole Shakespeare plays in English instead of short extracts, at least one 19th-century novel, a selection of Romantic poetry and seminal world literature, The Telegraph reported.


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Maths courses will feature more advanced algebra and statistics, biology syllabuses will place a greater emphasis on evolution and genetics and pupils will be expected to write longer essay-style answers in history exams, it said.

Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that there would be a major overhaul of GCSEs in England earlier this year, after ditching plans to replace them with English Baccalaureate Certificates.

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Wales and Northern Ireland still have some decisions to make on reforming the qualifications, but differences are already emerging over how each nation will do this.

However, MPs have raised concerns about a rush towards separate exams systems in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, saying such a move would be 'regrettable'.

All three nations should continue to run GCSEs and A-levels, according to a new report by the Commons education select committee, which urged ministers to 'do everything possible to bring this about'.

The cross-party group of MPs also said that ministers and Ofqual must pay close attention to expert opinion on exams as they overhaul the system, and not ignore warning voices if concerns are raised.

What do you think about the reforms? Will they have any effect? Leave your comments below.

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