Ofqual Propose Changes To GCSE English Grading

New proposals from England’s exams regulator will see the speaking and listening element of GCSE English no longer forming part of the overall grade.

It follows concerns that over-generous marking of speaking and listening tests contributed to last year's GCSE English debacle.

Under the proposals the marks from the speaking and listening tests will be still be recorded on the GCSE certificate but will be separate from the main mark.

Ofqual says the changes "do not imply any downgrading of speaking and listening skills," and that they should not mean teachers having to alter what they teach.

If adopted the changes would come into force from summer 2014.


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