Education secretary Michael Gove’s decision to back down from scrapping GCSEs has delighted a Vale headteacher.
The Mandeville School’s Peter Patchett said he is pleased by the move after pressure by exam regulator, Ofqual, politicians and teaching unions resulted in a government U-turn.
Mr Gove admitted he had tried to ‘cross a bridge too far’ with his plans to scrap GCSEs and introduce a single exam board and an English Baccalaureate, originally announced in September.
Mr Patchett said: “I’m really pleased that he’s decided to listen to the professionals and people who work in schools.”
The Mandeville head added there is still changes ahead.
He added: “The GCSEs will still require some revision. You can’t have one qualification to fit all abilities. It’s important to meet the needs of the youngsters.”
It is believed Mr Gove pulled the plug after exam boards said they would go bankrupt if there was only one qualification body and that the reform would therefore break EU procurement rules.
The education secretary had embarked upon a grand scale reform process of the educational system since the coalition Government came to power in 2010.
But Mr Patchett disagreed that people are against reform in education.
He added: “What people are against is rapid change without consultation or thinking things through.”
It remains likely there will be significant upheaval to the GCSE format in the coming years with Mr Gove still keen on a single exam.
Mr Gove is now starting a consultation process on a range of reforms including the future of GCSEs which closes in April.
The past year been a turbulent one in educational circles with the battle over the English GCSE results still continuing.
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