Ofqual has launched a consultation on their proposed changes to the current GCSE specifications in England

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The consultation explains how Ofqual intends to implement the following reforms: 

  • Making all GCSEs linear, with assessment solely at the end of the course 
  • Removing the potential for the resitting of units and restricting the availability of assessments to the summer only 
  • Ensuring that greater account is taken of spelling, punctuation and grammar in GCSE qualifications. 

These reforms are one of the outcomes of the government white paper published in 2010, The Importance of Teaching. They are scheduled for implementation in September 2012.

The full consultation is available at on the Ofqual website and the deadline for comments is 4 November.

GCSE reform consultation - The full consultation on the Ofqual website

The importance of teaching: schools white paper - The 2010 paper from the Department of Education