Full-time further education – retaking GCSEs alongside A levels
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Exam boards said they were powerless to stop schools from making teenagers sit GCSEs in maths or English before they reached 16, even though they said that this might not be in the child’s best interests. Ofqual, the exams regulator, blamed record numbers of younger pupils sitting GCSEs for a dip in higher grades for the second year running. It said candidates sitting GCSEs at 15
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Michael Gove has already made courses in core subjects such as Maths and English much tougher. Now the exam regulator Ofqual is drawing up new rigorous guidelines which are expected to jettison ‘easier’ GCSEs altogether.
The (EYFS) sets out the requirements for staff to child ratios in settings delivering the EYFS and the qualification levels that practitioners must hold.The EYFS has been revised and the will be implemented from 1 September 2014.What has changed?Qualifications at level 3 and above that meet the will be considered full and relevant.To count in the ratios at level 3, staff holding an early years educator qualification must also have achieved or above.The following qualifcations have been agreed as acceptable equivalencies to GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or above:If you hold a level 3 early years educator qualification but do not have a GCSE in English and maths at Grade C or above, you can be counted within the staff to child ratios at level 2.The requirement for early years educator qualifications and GCSEs in English and maths will not be applied retrospectively. Staff and learners who hold or are working towards existing full and relevant qualifications will still be able to practice and will not need GCSEs in English and maths at Grade C or above. GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. These are crucial qualifications for anyone leaving secondary education. They provide information for colleges or employers about your skills and learning between the ages of 11 and 16. Most employers or institutions looking at your results will expect at least 5 A to C’s with emphasis being placed on English, Maths and Sciences. Many students will leave secondary schools with 10 or more GCSEs.The requirement for early years educator qualifications and GCSEs in English and maths will not be applied retrospectively. Staff and learners who hold or are working towards existing full and relevant qualifications will still be able to practice and will not need GCSEs in English and maths at Grade C or above. GCSE examinations are taken by most pupils at the end of compulsory school education (year 11)in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. GCSE provides a uniform framework for assessment, with all candidates in all subjects graded from A* to G (with U being the result given to those whose papers are "ungraded"). Scotland has a different system altogether, with examinations called Standard grades, Higher grades and Advanced Higher grades, which are taken at different ages. Taking GCSEs is not compulsory, and it is up to schools whether to enter pupils for examinations.