Insights

Insights provide a platform for sharing our views and research on the big education topics that impact assessment around the globe.

Why didn't we abolish exams for 16-year-olds? - The history of GCSEs

When questioning whether or not we should ‘scrap GCSEs’ it is important to consider the history of our external exams system here in England. Andrew Watts talks us through the history of external exams in England. He highlights how and why a policy to abolish secondary exams was once agreed by the British government, but never happened.

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Vocational qualifications, baking and Vogue

luminary bakery

Stakeholder Relationships Manager at OCR, Ruth Carter, first contacted Luminary Bakery four years ago when it came to her attention that they were offering the OCR Life and Living Skills Introductory Award as part of their training which helps empower some of the UK's most disadvantaged women to reach their potential.

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