GCSE: English Language

Education written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review 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. Ofqual has stated that speaking and listening will be reported separately on the GCSE certificate alongside the GCSE grade.

The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove, has no plans to review Ofqual's decision on these arrangements. Ofqual is the independent regulator of qualifications and reports directly to Parliament. It has found that current arrangements for speaking and listening do not produce fair outcomes for students.

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