“This is a ridiculous policy, causing damage to the self-esteem of learners and increasing the already excessive workloads of teachers and lecturers. National Education Union members also tell us that colleges are finding it very difficult to recruit and retain teachers in these subjects, and that both teaching and the re-sits are causing huge logistical problems to the detriment of learning across other curriculum areas. We have heard of colleges having to temporarily shut down the whole college site to all students except the English and maths re-sitters in order to timetable teaching and, to sit their exams.
“We agree that forcing students to re-sit English and maths GCSEs is extremely demotivating and that there are far better ways to support learners to gain the English and maths they need for their future careers and learning.”
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