GCSE changes ‘won’t make a big difference’ says Portsmouth headteacher

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THE headteacher of a Portsmouth school has said he doesn’t understand why plans are being made to scrap GCSE exams.

Plans have been announced by the government to scrap GCSE’s to move from coursework and assessments to exams at the end of the two years.

Exams will also be graded with numbers instead of letters.

Students would begin studying for the new look exams from September 2015.

Mike Smith, headteacher of the City of Portsmouth Boys School, said plans to change the format do more exams at the end of the year won’t make a big difference.

‘I don’t think there’s any significant change in that,’ he said.

‘We have already disbanded with modular courses and modular exams.

‘But I don’t know what problem he [Michael Gove] is trying to fix. I don’t really understand it.

‘I don’t really see the point in switching to a system that is completely different. It will be very difficult for a future employer to equate a grade C to a level 2 or 3.

‘There is so much change in education already.’