VIDEO: GCSE changes are ‘not required’ say Fylde leaders

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Fylde coast secondary schools have reacted to government plans to change GCSEs, saying change is not needed.

The government yesterday announced plans to change the Year 11 exams, seeing them graded from eight to one rather than A* to G.

GCSEs are changing (below) Millfield Science and Performing Arts College headteacher Sean Bullen.

GCSEs are changing (below) Millfield Science and Performing Arts College headteacher Sean Bullen.

And from 2015 the qualifications will move from continuous assesment and coursework to a single examination at the end of the year.

The pass mark will also be pushed higher.

But some teachers and pupils have questioned the need for change.

Sean Bullen (left), headteacher at Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, Thornton, said: “I do not personally believe a new system is required. Examinations are already rigorous.

Millfield Science and Performing Arts College headteacher Sean Bullen.

Millfield Science and Performing Arts College headteacher Sean Bullen.

“The government and country should celebrate the fact all students have put so much work into already difficult and worthy exams.

“Any changes to the grading system would, I feel, create confusion.”

Pupils have also had their say on the changes.

Year 10 pupil Ben Boyd, who is Head Boy at St Aidan’s CE in Preesall, said: “At the moment we can add up our results and have some idea of how we’re going to do but with this one poor day could ruin the whole two years worth of work.”

Headteachers agreed no matter the future they will equip children with the skills and knowledge needed.

Andrew Smith, headteacher at St Aidan’s, said: “I don’t think it’s necessary but I do think children will cope.

“We’ll prepare students for whatever they have to face.”

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