Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today that the GCSE exam in England is going to be replaced in core subjects by a qualification called the English Baccalaureate Certificate.
A shake-up of the exam system will mean a single end-of-course exam and one exam board for core subjects.
What this means for non-core subjects, such as RE, is as yet unclear. However, it seems likely that GCSE’s will exist along side the EBacc Certificate for non-core subjects.
For more information, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19626663
The announcement has caused significant online discussion from a great deal of teachers, parents and students. Earlier today the TES Forums went down as a result of the online traffic the announcement caused.
The mood in the online RE world is generally low with a number of commentators predicting further reductions in the support RE receives nationally and at school level. However, others have argued that these latest proposals may stimulate the subject and provide important refreshment.
To read and join the current debate, see the Save RE Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/212329012138235/
James Robson 17/09/2012