GCSE exams for students aged 16 and over should be canceled, a Conservative MP said.
Flick Drummond (Meon Valley) said the grading system for secondary school students was “no longer fit for purpose” and that grades by age 16 no longer make sense as students remain in education until the age of 18.
Ms. Drummond added that the government needs to ensure that professional courses are seen “on the same level” as other qualifications and called for an end to the trend of students taking core courses “keep coming back”.
Their comments come seven months after a group of Conservative MPs pointed out that the interruption in education caused by the coronavirus enabled a “radical” rethinking of the English school system.
The One Nation Group of Centrist Conservative MPs paper argued that it was unusual to get teenagers to take two sets of high pressure exams within three years.
During the third day of the Queen’s speech, Ms. Drummond, a member of the One Nation group, said to the Commons, “I can’t say the Secretary of State has agreed to everything I’ve written, but I hope he could get in Listening to the future.
“Our rating system is no longer functional.
“It doesn’t help the young people who want to be successful through professional courses.
“Many professional courses such as apprenticeships and T-Levels are not seen as important as academic ones.
“But if they were all included in a different grading system, such as a comprehensive national high school diploma at 18, although I hope we would call it something else, parents, teachers and young people themselves would be more likely to push for qualifications that do this mean Adjust the person instead of pushing them in directions they may not be keen on. “
Ms. Drummond continued, “We need to ensure that this is seen as an opportunity to improve professional and academic subjects and to end negative perceptions about professional and technical education.
“For example GCSEs – why do we still spend invaluable class time on exams at the age of 16 when young people stay in training until they are 18?
“We need an education system that offers a diverse curriculum from 14 to 18 years of age that enables young people to achieve their goals while recognizing that their performance is on par with that of others.”
Noting the “high percentage” of students doing “math and English GCSEs over and over again”, Ms. Drummond added, “We also need qualifications and exams, but there are much better ways to evaluate people than allowing them to fail in an area that is not suitable for them. “