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Pupils facing toughest ever GCSEs

Pupils facing toughest ever GCSEs


Pupils are facing the toughest ever GCSEs, as education leaders warn that grades risk becoming a “lottery”.

Thousands of “guinea pig” students are expected to be disappointed with their results, as teachers have struggled to accurately predict grades under the new system, experts say.

This summer is the first year that students are taking re-vamped exams in a raft of subjects. The new courses were part of a package of reforms by former Education Secretary Michael Gove, designed to toughen up syllabuses, make courses more linear, and cut down on the number of students getting A*s.

“I think it’s fair to say there is quite a lot of anxiety from young people – they feel as though they are guinea pigs in a new system,” said Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

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