Students at Formby High School study GCSE specification B and AS/A2 Geography.
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Latest news from exam board AQA (Feb 2013)
Government announces revised plans for GCSEs
Yesterday, the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, announced his revised plans for GCSEs. A letter to the exams regulator Ofqual has been published, setting out the plans.
GCSEs to remain but with more rigour
- English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBCs) will not be introduced.
- Instead, GCSEs will be reformed with more challenging content and rigorous assessment.
- All GCSEs will be linear and tiered options in their current form won't continue.
- The first phase of changes to GCSEs will apply to English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, a combined Science (double award), History and Geography for first teaching in 2015.
- Other subjects, including languages will follow, with the aim of first teaching in 2016.
New draft National Curriculum
- A new draft of the National Curriculum has been published.
- All current subjects will be retained and Modern Foreign Languages will be added at Key Stage 2.
Consultation on school accountability measuresTwo measures have been proposed:
- the percentage of students who reach an attainment threshold in English and Maths
- an average point score showing student progress between Key Stage 2 and 4 across eight subjects (English, Maths, three English Baccalaureate subjects plus three other subjects).
Proposal for a single exam board will not be pursued
- Proposals to make a single exam board the sole national provider of key subjects will not be pursued at this time.
Latest News From AQA (January 2013...)
Introducing SPaG to GCSE Geography B
Changes will come into effect with exams taken from January 2013 onwards.
We'd like to remind you that as a result of changes introduced by Ofqual, GCSE Geography B examinations will include assessment criteria for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) on exams taken from January 2013 onwards.
This means that 5% of the marks in the exam will be awarded for SPaG. Both GCSE Geography B specifications (4035 and 9035) have been amended to include this change so that SPaG is assessed in Units 1 and 2.
Changes at a glance: