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School Leaders thing GCSE reforms disadvantage SEND pupils.

School Leaders thing GCSE reforms disadvantage SEND pupils.

Nearly three quarters of school leaders think changes to GCSEs have disadvantaged pupils with SEND, a poll has revealed.

The head of one special school warns the reforms have put pupils "10 steps back" and forced them to sit alternative qualifications that are less well-regarded by employers than GCSEs.

A survey by Tes and the Association of School and College Leaders put the following question to school leaders: "Some heads are concerned that the removal of coursework from GCSEs will disadvantage pupils with SEND. Do you believe this to be true?"

In response to the question, which was answered by 422 ASCL members from schools and colleges in England, 73 per cent replied "yes".

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