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NUS launches survey on qualifications reform

The National Union of Students (NUS) has published a survey to ask young people what they think about the government’s plans to reform GCSE and A Level qualifications in the country.

Last month, the government recommended changes to the current qualification structure, including ending coursework assessments, getting rid of modular tests and exams being sat in the summer term, as they were traditionally.

Joe Vinson, NUS Vice President (Further Education), said: “The implications of these changes are enormous for current and future students and NUS would therefore value your opinion.”

The government also called for a limit on the number of times exams can be re-sat so students can improve their grades and to have longer essay-style questions in exams.

It plans to end paper tiering so all students sit the same papers, no matter what their ability is. Subject results will also be classified with numbers instead of letters, putting an end to traditional grades.

NUS’ survey takes ten minutes to complete and aims to give students their say on the recent proposals.

Mr Vinson went on to say: “NUS will use the findings of this research to inform its response to the government’s proposal.”

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