Public support for break with English GCSEs

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More than 89 per cent of respondents to a consultation on GCSE reform said the Isle of Man should be prepared to break with the English system.

Education chiefs are analysing the responses to the consultation as they consider whether to follow the route England takes on GCSEs, switch to the International GCSE (IGCSE) or move to the Scottish qualifications National 4 and National 5.

Out of more than 800 submissions, over 89 per cent said the Isle of Man should be prepared to break with the English system if there is benefit in doing so.

Some 82 per cent of respondents would find a move to the IGCSE acceptable.

Paul Craine, co-ordinating adviser for 11-19 education with the DEC, said: ‘We have a lot of work to do to fully analyse responses.

‘Ultimately, a ministerial decision will determine the way forward. We hope to be able to provide schools with clear direction in July

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