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Stay current with all the latest and breaking news from GCSE, compare headlines and perspectives between news sources on stories happening today. In total, 116 stories have been published about GCSE which Ground News has aggregated in the past 3 months.

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Europe · London

Watchdog looks to scrap handwritten exams at A-level and GCSE

60% Left coverage: 5 sources
Ofqual said it would explore the use of online adaptive testing. This would also remove the need for all teenagers to sit the same paper at the same time across the country. More than a million teenagers sit GCSEs and A-levels each summer. The Times revealed this year that AQA, the biggest exam board, would trial the system.See the Story
Europe · London

Natural history GCSE 'critical' to UK's ability to tackle climate and nature crises, environmentalists and government say

67% Left coverage: 3 sources
New GCSEs will teach students about the impact of climate change. Students will also learn about the importance of biodiversity in the UK. The new courses will be available from September 2025. They will be taught in schools across the UK, including in London and Edinburgh. The plans are being drawn up by the Department of Education and the Environment.See the Story

GCSE removes Wilfred Owen and Larkin in diversity push

67% Left coverage: 3 sources
OCR, one of the three main exam boards, has removed works by John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen and Larkin from its English literature syllabus. Some poems by Hardy and Keats will remain, but there will be no poetry by Larkin, Seamus Heaney or Owen.See the Story
GCSE · Sunderland

GCSE and A-level exams could move online, says Ofqual

Ofqual, England's exams regulator, has said it plans to explore online testing. The exam regulator revealed it would look into the potential use of online adaptive testing. Adaptive testing tailors questions according to student response - which may be an indication some exams will be taken online. Ofqual is currently moving back towards the pre-pandemic assessment system.See the Story
Climate Change

UK to lead the way in climate and sustainability education

New GCSE in natural history to be introduced by September 2025. Part of new plans announced by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi. UK education sector to become a world leader in climate change by 2030. New National Education Nature Park to help children and young people to get more involved in the natural world.See the Story

Pioneering study reveals teaching techniques which boost exam performance - Nuffield Foundation

New Nuffield Foundation research has identified which teaching techniques improve pupils' exam grades in different subjects.See the Story
GCSE · Nottingham

The 'impossible' GCSE question that had teens across the UK stumped

Many teenagers taking the Edexcel GCSE Maths paper said they were left confused by one particular task. One parent said some teachers at their child's school struggled to come up with the solution to the 'impossible' question. Candidates were asked to work out the area of the shaded part of some circles, if all the circles have a radius of four.See the Story

GCSE Biology students 'in tears' over 'wrong' exam information

Pupils claim they were given the wrong information ahead of their GCSE biology exam. Separate advice was issued for each of the biology papers - a single biology exam and two combined papers. The information highlighted topics that would or would not be covered. AQA wrote: "It looks like you might have been using the advance information for a different biology paper from the one you sat"See the Story
Europe · United Kingdom

'Furious' mum says holiday to celebrate son's GCSEs ruined by passport mix-up

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
The Pogson family had planned to take their youngest son to Lanzarote on July 7 to celebrate him completing his GCSE exams, but their plans have been ruined by a delay on his new passportSee the Story

Why were GCSE grades in independent schools so high during the pandemic? - FFT Education Datalab

The attainment gap between independent and state schools has widened more than ever since the start of the pandemic.See the Story

Time to consider abolishing GCSEs, says teaching union

Ulster Teachers Union (UTU) is urging the Department of Education to look to Europe for best practices as it tries to reshape the sector. It said countries like Finland, where pupils sit no exams before leaving school and there are no league tables, could be the example to follow.See the Story
GCSE · Weymouth

"Appalling" decision to remove Thomas Hardy from GCSE syllabus "lacks common sense"

Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset and went on to become one of Britain's best known novelists and poets. OCR has announced changes to their poetry anthology that will see the works of Thomas Hardy, among others, removed and replaced with more contemporary poets. Dr Tracy Hayes, Secretary of the Dorchester-based Thomas Hardy Society, said the decision “lacked all common sense”See the Story

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