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28 June 2012

Leaked papers reveal plans by Education Secretary Michael Gove to reform the GCSE exam system. There are two key elements to the proposal; single exam boards to reduce competition leading to easier exams and new “world class qualifications" that give every student the opportunity to "achieve their utmost."

Not only has the timing of the leak being criticised, the second limb of the proposed reforms has prompted outrage from the teaching unions and MPs. Without further details on the proposal it is difficult to see whether the reforms will be a return to the past and create a two-tier system that damages not enhances social mobility. However, there is clearly a risk of this happening.

Hot on the heels of the recent reforms around the primary curriculum there is no doubt that the consultation on these latest reforms will lead to fierce debate as to whether the reforms will take us backwards rather than deliver a qualification system that is amongst the best in the world.

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