Gove calls for a split with Wales and NI on GCSE and A Level reform…

Here’s one to put on the long term forecast. Michael Gove was over last week (not that our Education Minister was very forthcoming on what they actually talked about)… and now he has announced there is such a gap between his reforms in GCSE and the way it is done in Wales and Northern Ireland that there may have to be a split. John O’Dowd has said that he has no principled objection to the change. But that’s not been …

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“I believe that schools are best placed to make decisions in light of what they believe is in the best interests of their pupils.”

So sayeth the Northern Ireland Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd.  He’s not, however, speaking about academic selection…  Following a 12-week public consultation on GCSE reform, which ended on 30 December 2011, the NI Education Minister has decided to give no direction on whether schools should use unitised or linear GCSEs. [Let the market decide! – Ed]  Indeed.  From the ministerial press release Following a 12-week consultation the Minister has decided not to follow England where, following a decision by Secretary of State for …

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GCSE reform: “It is unlikely that the Minister’s decision on this issue would stop the current position…”

In June this year the UK Government’s Education Secretary, Michael Gove, welcomed Ofqual’s proposals for making changes for GCSE courses and, on 27 September, a consultation was launched on changes to the current GCSE specifications in England.  Today the Northern Ireland Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd, launched a consultation on on making the same changes to current GCSE specifications here.  In England the consultation ends on 4 November, here it continues until 30 December. According to the Northern Ireland consultation document [pdf file] It is …

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