Re-assessing the future: Part 1 – how to move beyond GCSEs


This report from UK think tank EDSK looks at the usefulness of GCSE exams and what could replace them.

GCSEs have been an important part of our education landscape for over three decades, but the unprecedented events of the last year have created a rare opportunity to consider how we can do things better in future. This report concludes that GCSE exams have outlived their useful purpose and should be replaced by low-stakes online assessments at age 15 that act as a ‘staging post’ for pupils as they progress towards the end of secondary education age 18.

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