Comment on reports IGCSEs likely to be removed from performance tables

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NAHT comment on reports that IGCSE subjects will no longer count towards performance tables from 2017

Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT said:If there is substance to this suggestion this will be another example of a hasty policy being rushed in which shows a lack of understanding of how schools work.

“IGCSEs were opened up to state schools in June 2010 and since then a third of secondary schools have offered courses in up to twenty IGCSE subjects. This will mean hundreds of schools will have to reverse decisions and invest in training and resources to offer GCSE examinations once again.

“If a decision has indeed been taken it is late and will disrupt young people’s education. We are subjected once more to costly, piecemeal and inconsistent changes to the qualifications system.

We understand at least one exam board has offered a solution to the DfE to establish equivalent grades to allow the IGCSE to fit well alongside the reformed GCSE examinations. We urge the DfE to work with the examination boards to allow schools to offer both qualifications side by side.

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