Public consulted on Isle of Man exam reform

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Isle of Man residents are being consulted on plans to reform school examinations, following a major overhaul of the GCSE system in England.

Changes in the UK mean the exam boards currently used by the Isle of Man will no longer exist in their present form.

The three options being considered are the new English GCSEs, the International GCSE (IGSCE) and the Scottish National system.

The education department said it aimed to have a clear policy by September.

A spokesman said: "We believe the three options being considered have something to offer but they each bring challenges."

From 2015, GCSEs in England will mostly move from coursework to exams which are sat at the end of two years and will be graded from eight to one, rather than A* to G.

UK Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the changes last June in an effort to "raise standards and compete with the best in the world".

The Isle of Man's education department said a public consultation will start on 2 April to gauge local opinion.

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