“But my weak students struggle with it” – Why the new GCSEs are needed | missdcox

Since the start of the new GCSE specifications, I’ve heard this several times. My view on this isn’t a popular one.

They ‘should’ struggle.

Whether we like it or not, GCSEs are essentially a ranking of all the students that take that exam in that year. We can argue for a long time whether this is fair or whether it’s the purpose of education but the longer we spend on this, the less time we spend on giving our students the best support and opportunity to achieve their best.

Here are the 2016 grade boundaries (unit 1) for Edexcel Religious Studies GCSE (in the RE community, known as the…

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