In the core academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate – English, mathematics, sciences, history, geography and languages – the Government intends to replace current GCSE with new qualifications, to be called “English Baccalaureate Certificates”. The Government will be moving away from the competition between Awarding Organisations to sell their qualifications in these subjects. Instead of schools choosing between a number of competing GCSEs in these subjects, a competition will be held to identify a single suite of qualifications, offered by a single Awarding Organisation in each subject, for a period of five years.
A public consultation on these reforms has been launched, which will run until 10th December. This can be accessed [here].