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English GCSE could be scrapped.

English GCSE could be scrapped.

GCSE English could be scrapped and replaced with a new qualification called a “Passport in English”, headteachers have said.

The Association of School and College Leaders – which is the country’s biggest union for secondary heads – said the change is needed because a “forgotten third” of students currently fail GCSE maths and English.

In 2018 more than 187,000 students in England failed to get at least a grade 4 – equivalent to the old grade C and considered a “standard pass” – in the subjects.

This represents about 36 per cent of GCSE students in state-funded schools.

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