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“more variation than usual” in this year’s GCSE and A-level results, as reforms take their toll schools warned.

“more variation than usual” in this year’s GCSE and A-level results, as reforms take their toll schools warned.

 

Schools have been warned by the exam watchdog to be braced for “more variation than usual” in this year’s GCSE and A-level results, as reforms take their toll.

This summer is the second year that students are taking re-vamped GCSE exams in a raft of subjects. The new courses were part of a package of reforms by former Education Secretary Michael Gove, designed to toughen up syllabuses, make courses more linear, and cut down on the number of students getting A*s.

A-level courses haven also been re-designed, with coursework and modules axed in many subjects. The shake up followed concerns from universities that schools leavers were insufficiently prepared for the demands of higher education.

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