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GCSE: English Language

Education written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure that teachers are held accountable for the teaching of speaking and listening skills at Key Stage 4 English and English Language after Ofqual's decision to remove the Speaking and Listening Assessment from GCSE English and GCSE English Language.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The assessment of speaking and listening has not been removed from GCSE English and English Language. Students' speaking and listening skills will be reported separately on the GCSE certificate alongside the GCSE grade, giving a more detailed picture of students' achievements than under the previous arrangements.

Ofsted will continue to hold schools to account for their teaching of English, including speaking and listening. The Department for Education will consider making available the results of the separate assessment of speaking and listening through its new Data Portal.

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