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Parting of ways with England for GCSEs

Island education chiefs keep faith with exam choice

The Island's 16-year olds won't be swapping numbers for letters as England makes changes to its GCSE grades.

This week the UK government announced it will replace the A to G system with a numbered scale.

The change is designed to highlight students achieving the very best marks - the top 20% of those with an A or above.    

Rather than follow English reforms, the Island has instead adopted the iGCSE model - keeping the current grade format.

Under the new system, there will be less coursework and fewer tiered papers.

But will employers make fair comparisons between the two systems? 

Paul Craine is co-coordinating advisor for 11-18 Education.

He says during a consultation, it was made clear youngsters need more than just exam grades to succeed in the workplace:

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