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Yes to abolishing GCSEs, no to bringing back O Levels

Michael Gove's exams-driven policies make English students less competitive, at home and abroad

By Henry Stewart  

The leak of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to replace GCSEs with O levels and CSEs, supposedly by 2016, can be said to have had the desired political impact. It won support from Tory MPs, the Mail and the Telegraph, and even from listeners to Radio 4’s “Question Time.” Whether it makes educational sense, or has any chance of happening, may be less important than the impact on Gove’s chances of…

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