Sharp fall in early GCSE entries

Changes to how school league tables are calculated have seen a 40% fall in GCSE entries from Year 10 pupils or younger, writes the BBC. The changes were made following concerns that schools might have been encouraged to boost their league table ranking by putting in pupils early to “bank a C grade”. The Department for Education said that the decline in early entries vindicated the change in the league tables. However, with other changes away from coursework and modular units, it is another step in the direction of a traditional summer exam season, with pupils taking exams at the end of a two-year course.