Should GCSE exams be taken earlier?
A report from an education charity is calling for GCSEs to be taken at the age of 14, after which pupils could go on to specialise in academic or vocational courses. What impact would earlier exams have?
The study, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, calls for young people to take exams two years earlier in order to give them an idea of their capabilities before they choose qualifications for the future.
At present in England's schools, Prof Alan Smithers of the Trust says the system forces young people to make life-changing decisions too early. He argues that a form of undeclared selection takes place, where options are chosen at 14 and exams taken at 16 and there is a lack of clear routes into technical and work-based training.
Are you a parent or teacher? What do you think of the proposals? What improvements would you like to see to the education system?
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