2nd July 2014

International GCSEs in English and maths will be axed from school league tables from 2017, with other subjects to follow in 2018, it has emerged.

Currently, both IGCSEs and GCSEs count in the league tables. The 2017 league tables will include only the new qualifications - IGCSEs, will not count. 

What is an IGCSE ? The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations, it's based on the GCE O-Level and is recognised as being equivalent to the GCSE. IGCSEs have long been favoured by private schools, but there has been a surge in the number of state schools using IGCSEs after the government decided to drop the speaking and listening element of English GCSE from the overall grade and report it separately.

What other changes have been made ? New GCSEs in maths and English, will feature little or no coursework and exams after two years, will be introduced in September 2015. New GCSEs in other subjects, such as science, history and geography are due to be introduced in 2016, with the first exams taken in 2018. IGCSEs in these subjects are likewise due to be dropped from the 2018 rankings.

You can read the full BBC report here 


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