Call for evidence to ensure effective implementation of new GCSEs

17 September 2014

BIS and DfE have commissioned NIACE, in partnership with the NRDC, to lead a call for evidence to ensure the effective implementation of the new GCSEs, announced in July by the Government.

NIACE wants to hear from a range of providers from across the learning and skills sector – by 30 September 2014 – about what systems need to be in place to support young adults, adult learners, trainees and apprentices to achieve GCSE Maths and GCSE English. These will become the national standard qualification in the two subjects at Level 2 for students in 16-19 education by September 2017 and by 2020 for adults.

Online forms for written submissions are available for the 16-19 sector and for the post-19 sector.

NIACE is particularly interested in case studies for the 16-19 sector and for the post-19 sector where learners, trainees and apprentices are already successfully engaging with GCSE Maths and GCSE English learning.

Carol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“This policy change for the post 16 sector has far reaching implementation challenges for learners, teachers, managers and leaders with implications for Apprenticeship employers, FE colleges, training providers and others. It’s crucial to understand what must happen so all learners can be in the best position to achieve GCSEs in English and maths.

“For example what needs to be in place to motivate people to take GCSEs? What support is required to help them make the transition from Functional Skills to GCSEs or from old to new GCSEs? What role can technology play and how can people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities be effectively supported?

“It is vital, if there is to be a smooth implementation of the new GCSEs, that we hear from all education providers, employers and third sector organisations so we can collate an effective response for BIS and DfE.”

More information about the policy and FAQs can be found here. For any queries contact