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The press this morning has reported that from 2017, the IGCSE qualification will be removed from government performance tables. We have had no word yet from the Department for Education (DfE) on their decision about this. As soon as we receive a decision we will inform schools. We are having positive discussions with the Government and would be very disappointed if our IGCSEs do not continue to be reported in performance tables from 2017.
The Government set out in its Coalition Programme for Government, 2010, that “we will create more flexibility in the exams system so that state schools can offer qualifications like IGCSE” and since then has reported Cambridge IGCSEs in its school performance tables.
We have made it clear to DfE and OFQUAL why there is no educational justification whatsoever for denying schools the opportunity to use IGCSE, an internationally recognised qualification used worldwide.
We know that Cambridge IGCSE is valued by teachers and students across the country – indeed, many of the features of reformed GCSEs are modelled on features of Cambridge IGCSE. If schools are concerned about the implications of the report, we would encourage them to write to their MPs to make their views known.