Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

A-Level and GCSE review is ordered

Education Minister John O'Dowd

A major review is to be conducted into GCSE and A-Level examinations, the Education Minister told the Assembly.

The move by John O'Dowd comes after UK Education Secretary Michael Gove scrapped GCSEs in England.

Exams body the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments (CCEA) will conduct what Mr O'Dowd said would be a “root and branch” review.

The minister said: “I feel the time is right to commission the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment to conduct a root and branch review of GCSE and A-Level qualifications. Michael Gove's announcement reinforces the need for us to act.”

The minister stressed that the review would not necessarily spell the end of the exams.

“I do not believe we should be toying with changes to qualifications,” he said. “If we want to improve our performance inter-|nationally we should focus on improving teaching and learning in the classroom and on ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to achieve to their full potential.”

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