GCSE Results Hit New Highs, Diplomas Fail To Impress
Students all over the country received their GCSE results today and they have managed to obtain the highest grades yet. Although English results dropped slightly, more than two thirds of pupils achieved A* to C grades in a record breaking result. Top grades also broke barriers with one in five entries achieving an A or an A* grade.
Some have recently claimed that these exams have outlived their usefulness; GCSEs have been described as “complex and expensive” to carry out by Sir Mike Tomlinson who was previously the chief inspector of schools. It has been suggested that the future of the exams will need to be reviewed in light of the government’s decision to extend compulsory education to the age of 18. An examination at the age of 16 would no longer be necessary; just an assessment to check that the student is on the right track would suffice with the main exams taking place during the final year.
This year, the number of GCSEs being taken has fallen, partly due to to a smaller amount of pupils but also because schools are now focusing on quality instead of quantity.
Whereas English grades fell slightly for the first time in recent years, Mathematics saw a rise in grades. The worst fall was taken my foreign language studies; French and German suffered considerably. This has followed the government’s decision to only make a language compulsory up until the age of 14. The general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower, has condemned this decision and believes that the act of making modern languages optional for GCSE students was a mistake.
The United Kingdom saw around 750,000 pupils wake up to their GCSE results this morning. These results will help the candidates to determine whether they go into further education such as A Levels and College, or whether they will leave school to go into work.
For the first time the new fast track diploma qualification was undertaken this year, however it produced very disappointing results. 91 students took the higher diploma which runs over one year instead of two; at the higher level it should be equivalent to seven GCSEs graded A* to C. However, of these students not one received an A or an A*, and over a quarter failed completely. About 12,000 students started the diploma in September last year; it has been designed in an attempt to bridge the gap between vocational and academic skills. The results were slightly better for the foundation level diploma which was taken by 121 pupils; this is equivalent to 5 good GCSE grades.
Education is very important, whatever line of work you intend to go into. Whether you become an accountant, a beautiful escort or a movie star, a good education behind you will always work to your benefit.