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Island poised to break exam links with England


The Isle of Man education system looks set to break long-held ties with England after wide support was expressed for switching to  International GCSEs.

An overwhelming majority in a public consultation said they did not want the Island to follow the overhaul of English GCSE courses studied by 14-16 year olds.

Of the three options put forward, the IGCSE emerged the clear favourite among parents and teachers, ahead of adopting the Scottish exam model. 

The English option was least favoured, by a big margin. 

Speaking on Mandate this morning, Chief Executive at the Department of Education Professor Ronald Barr said that's a vote in favour of retaining a mix of exams and coursework for the qualification:


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