ASCL is not in a position to comment on the details of the content and assessment of these qualifications.
GCSE English and maths, valuable as they are, are far too prominent in the educational scene. Employers are often dismayed to find that they are not closely related to normal literacy and numeracy as needed in most workplaces and in daily life. Likewise, many young people who struggle with these GCSE qualifications see them only as passports to further study or employment, and with some justification do not see their content as relevant to future lives.
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