General Certificate of Secondary Education

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what effect he expects the introduction of functional skills to have on GCSE results compared with previous years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

Functional skills qualifications are currently being piloted and our intention is that, for GCSEs awarded from 2012, students taking mathematics, English or ICT should have to achieve the relevant FS qualification at L2 in order to obtain a grade C or above at GCSE. Level 2 functional skills qualifications are designed to be of a similar level of challenge to GCSE grade A*-C. As they assess different skills the pilot will test the potential effect on GCSE attainment, through analysis of results in the pilot assessments.

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