New English and maths GCSEs in Post-16 Education and Skills

In July 2014, the Government announced plans to introduce new GCSEs into the post-16 sector. These plans aim to meet the Government’s ambition to enable as many young people and adults as possible who lack good qualifications in English and maths to have the chance to take GCSEs in these subjects. NIACE, in partnership with NRDC, was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education (DfE) to seek views as to how the new GCSEs in English and maths can be successfully implemented into post-16 education.

Throughout July-September 2014, NIACE consulted the sector through two online written calls for evidence (see Appendices 1 and 2) and three seminars. 127 organisations contributed to the call for evidence, including FE colleges, independent training providers (ITPs), community learning providers, third sector organisations, unions, employers, sector representative organisations and awarding organisations. This report presents the findings from these activities.