The value of GCSEs
By Lesley Meyer
Since being introduced for first teaching in 1986, GCSE qualifications have been subject to much criticism and their value is now being questioned. This paper gives a brief overview of the background to the GCSE qualification system, and then considers factors against and in favour of it. Ultimately, suggestions are made as to the way forward for GCSEs, and the implications for AQA policy both internally and when interacting with external policymakers.