Guernsey could move GCSE exam board

Changing exam boards would allow more time to consider the future of GCSE exams in Guernsey, according to the island's Education Department.

A major overhaul of the secondary school exam system in England is due to come into effect next year.

The island mostly follows the current English model and is considering what to do when the system changes.

It has asked for public comment on the plans before making a final decision.

The changes in England will see a new grading system, based on numbers rather than letters, and coursework being scrapped for most subjects as both GCSE and A-level exams become predominantly on exams taken at the end of the courses.

The department has put forward three options:

  • Adopting the new English system
  • Move to the Scottish examination system
  • Introduce an interim system based on International GCSEs or qualifications from Northern Ireland or Wales while a long-term plan is agreed

The department favours the third option, which would involve moving exam boards but retaining a very similar curriculum to what is currently offered.

Education Minister Robert Sillars said: "Time is tight as teaching for some of the new qualifications in England will begin in September 2015 and whichever option we chose will require additional training and support for staff in our secondary schools."

He said while this was their preferred option they wanted the views of the community, following a similar consultation with staff.

The department said whatever system they went with there would be no change to the International Baccalaureate, which is currently being offered at the Grammar School.

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