Teens to keep taking Maths and English GCSE until they pass

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The beginning of a new school year is here and with it comes a controversial change in educational rules from the Government.

From this term, teens in England who fail to get a Grade C or above in GCSE English and maths will have to carry on taking those subjects until they are 18 or until they reach those grades and the majority of you don't agree with it.


The thinking behind it is that employers say that prospective employees lack a basic understanding of the two subjects which are key workplace skills.


Around 285,000 16-year-old school leavers don't have a C or above in both English and maths.


There are concerns, however, that for those who have special educational needs it will be impossible for them to gain a C or above, even up to the age of 18.

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What you say...

Catherine Roberts, like most of you on our goodtoknow Facebook page, disagrees with the legislation: 'How cruel for students who are simply not academic enough to attain C grades or above in those subjects, and employers will still need to differentiate between applicants, so they'll look at how old they were when they got passes.'



Jenna Louise agrees: 'I've got GCSE and A-Levels all good grades, but work in a minimal wage job in a nursing home. The problem is a lack of job opportunities.'


Rhona Simpson has a dyslexic son and says: 'He could spend an extra 20 years at school and still wouldn't achieve a C. That doesn't mean he hasn't excelled in other subjects.'


What do you think? Will this help teens get jobs or is it a simplistic solution to a bigger problem? Leave us a comment below to let us know or join the debate on our Facebook page.


Where to next?
- All you need to know about A-level and GCSE retakes
- The parents' guide to exams
- 10 dos for parents of teens


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With this exercises, all student undergoing their learning will be having some great aspects of learning mathematics as they continue their study. This will definitely help them have better knowledge with this.


Unfortunately in this era where everything revolves around the use of computers the basics are no longer enough. Problem solving in maths helps with problem solving in life as well.


Somewhere sometime we have to raise the bar. I know because I've been there, faking the results to please the league tables, pushing the kids through exams that they knew next to nothing about. We were products of the stardust generation, the 70s, when we didn't believe in anything. We had a good education ourselves but we thought it was subversive and cutely funny to fool around with the system and let the kids do as they liked. Result? The next generation were tackling life with one hand behind their backs. No discipline in their learning and even less in their lives. Lovely lovely kids who have brought up their own parents and are bringing up their siblings. Wake up folks. The liberal dream was just that. The only way we could defeat the class sytem was to educate ourselves and the only way to do that was through a brilliant system that died with "we don't need no education". How easily we gave in.


i agree i know a lot of kids cant actually see the point of maths beyond the basic addition subtraction etc and weights and measure simply because they dont see the need for anything else unless their planning on being scientist etc


Perhaps an exam in basic maths needed for everyday life would be more appropriate. Not everyone needs algebra and geometry.

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