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GCSE from 2011

GCSE reforms: What's happening?
Ofqual has confirmed that all GCSEs in England will have a linear assessment structure, so that examinations are taken at the end of the course.

Find out what this means for you and your students in our GCSE 2012 area.

The exams

Our examination papers have been trialled to ensure they're accessible to all, with appropriate stretch to give all students the chance to show what they can do.

The Edexcel GCSEs from 2011 bring with them new regulatory requirements to test students using a variety of question types. We've taken this opportunity to carry out some research and consult with teachers to develop an exam paper style that's:

  • accessible: questions are 'ramped' in difficulty to generate confidence in students
  • clear: written in clear and approachable language
  • able to stretch students aiming for higher grades: longer questions are written to ensure all students can demonstrate their ability.

GCSE 2012 reforms: What's happening, when, and how it affects you

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