I’d like to share with you some latest news about UK educational system and specifically challenges in taking GCSEs
UK examination system for secondary school undergoes serious changes. According to the recently adopted rules, children will have to spend three years, instead of two, to get ready for math and English - two main GCSE subjects.
The main goal of these reforms is to make exams more complicated and thus more productive. They are mainly focused on branches of mathematics, such as algebra and geometry. According to these changes, school children are expected to make in-depth investigation of the subjects and learn the material more profoundly. Undoubtedly, the time spent for learning the subject will be increased as well. Teenagers are likely to have more math classes during the week alongside with the extended curriculum.
The new GCSE project is to be launched in 2018. Despite such cushion of time, designers of the examination system recommend that schoolchildren get down to work as soon as possible, since the renovated program includes all the additional math exams.
Teenagers are not the only ones, who will be crammed with the material. A heavy burden of mixed responsibilities will be laid on teachers’ shoulders. The range of their duties is going to be enriched with the following tasks: to keep up with the updates in fundamentals of the subjects, to monitor pupils’ progress, to work out new syllabus.
In addition, the changes will concern not only the quality of the exams but also their quantity. The number of subjects is reported to be reduced from 12 to 8. Therefore, academic progress of the schools will be ranked in eight key subjects. They are as follows: English and Baccalaureate subjects of English, mathematics, science, language and humanities subjects.
The grade system is also said to be renewed. The well-known grade letters A, B, C, D, E are expected to be substituted with numbers. Thus, there are going to be two test papers at pupils’ disposal. The first one, in higher mathematics, is graded from 4 to 9, for the second, less complicated test one can get from 1 to 5 points.
Experts assure that new GCSE project is worth all the efforts and time. It is expected that those pupils, who usually leg behind the rest of the class will have an opportunity to boost their success in studies, as they will have more time to get ready for GCSEs.