18 February 2019

TES reports that a snap poll of 500 students conducted by The Student Room chat forum has revealed that 62 per cent want to keep GCSEs.

This comes after calls from Robert Halfon, the Conservative chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee, to replace GCSEs and A levels with a system that meet the demands of an increasingly automated and digital age.

Read the TES report.

Concern over apprentice nursing assessment

FE Week reports that universities are expressing concern over the lack of end point assessment organisations to assess over 1,000 nursing apprentices. Some trainees have only six months left on their course which is problematic for both trainees and universities.

Read the FE Week report.

Resit policy rule change

Baroness Wolf, the author of the review which led to the government’s current GCSE English and maths resit policy in FE, has spoken out against abandoning it, following a rule change announced by the government last week.

Read the TES report.

Also in the TES, Mary Bousted comments that despite the suggested revisions to the inspection framework, Ofsted has neither the financial nor human resources to make a success of its plans.

Read the TES report.