Next year’s GCSE English will be the last of it’s kind – after the 2016 exams, GCSE English will be replaced by GCSE English Language.
This will encourage students to read more widely and will require students to demonstrate a good grasp of spoken and written English.
English Literature has also changed, with similar changes to the English Language GCSE, and a new grading system will be introduced. The new GCSEs will be graded 9 – 1, rather than the current A*- G, with grade 9 being the highest and equivalent of an A** (the current system only goes up to an A*).
GCSE maths has had a big shakeup. It’s no surprise if you look at statistics, which show that a quarter of children leave secondary school without the ability to perform basic numeracy tasks – something which is essential to everyday life, not just the pastime of mathematical geniuses.
So, it’s little wonder that there has been a shakeup. Students now have to be able to problem solve more, which they can only do effectively if they have a full grasp of maths to begin with. There have also been a number of topics added to both the foundation and higher papers, and a few taken out or shifted between them.
While the changes don’t have to spell doom, if your child is struggling to keep up, it’s worth considering a GCSE maths or English tutor. Geek School has sites in Beckenham and Downham, Bromley, to help your child achieve their full potential in time for their GCSE maths and English.
Does that make GCSE maths harder – in a word, yes!