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.