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Fylde coast headteachers have welcomed the Government's U-turn on plans to scrap GCSEs.
Fylde coast headteachers have welcomed the Government's U-turn on plans to scrap GCSEs.
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A U-TURN on Government plans to scrap GCSEs has been welcomed by Fylde coast headteachers.

Education secretary Michael Gove faced criticism for his plans to replace the current exams with the English Baccalaureate qualification from autumn 2015.

He announced he had abandoned the proposals, which included having just one exam board for subjects, yesterday.

Teachers across the area, who had voiced concerns the reforms would cause problems if implemented too quickly, today praised the U-turn.

Headteacher Stephen Tierney, of St Mary’s Catholic College, on St Walburga’s Road, Blackpool, said: “English Baccalaureate was only ever going to be accessible to certain students and that just doesn’t fit into an education system for the 21st Century.”

Andrew Smith, headteacher at St Aidan’s CE Technology College, on Cartgate, Preesall, said: “It was never going to work in the timescale envisaged, they wouldn’t have been able to set up a system that worked in that time.”

Michael Gove had planned to bring the system closer to the old O-Level system, with more focus on exams at the end of the two-year course and reducing the role of coursework and modules in subjects.

But this faced opposition, mainly as a single exam was not considered appropriate for all pupils.

Maintaining a system flexible for all needs, is high on all headteachers’ agendas.

Dan Berry, headteacher at St George’s School, on Cherry Tree Road, Marton, said: “Everyone’s different.

“We listen to the Government but you’ve got to make the right decisions for your pupils.”

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