Almost 400 submit views on Isle of Man GCSE exam reform

Education Minister Tim Crookall MHK

Education Minister Tim Crookall MHK

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Almost 400 responses have already been submitted in the public consultation on GCSE exam reform.

With GCSEs being overhauled in England from 2015, the island is reviewing how it moves forward.

The three options being considered are following the route England takes on GCSEs, switching to the International GCSE (IGCSE) or switching to the Scottish qualifications National 4 and National 5.

Education Minister Tim Crookall will decide which route the island will take by September.

‘I haven’t begun to analyse the views but I am heartened the public has shown a keen interest in the consultation and I’d like to thank them for taking the time to fill in a questionnaire,’ he said.

‘I’d urge anyone with a stake in our education system who hasn’t submitted views to participate in the consultation and have their voice heard.’

Nearly seven in 10 out of the 395 contributions were from parents, with a further 17 per cent from teachers.

Primary and secondary school students are also being consulted.

Pupils currently in Year 8 will be the first affected by the changes as, if the island sticks with the English system, they will be the first year group to begin the new English and maths qualifications in 2015.

While pupils currently in Year 7 face changes across a much wider range of subjects.

Mr Crookall said: ‘It’s a very fluid situation. Ever since we launched our consultation in mid-April, further changes to the new-look GCSE in England have been announced.

‘It became clear that in addition to new-style exams in biology, chemistry, physics, history, geography and languages that will be taught from 2016, reformatted exams will also be introduced that year in art and design, citizenship studies, computer science, design and technology, drama, dance, music, physical education and religious studies.’

But he said there was no clarity yet about how these subjects will be assessed.

The consultation runs until Friday, May 16. Take part via or via

Paper copies can be requested from the Department of Education and Children.

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