New report: The future of qualifications and assessment in England

GCSEs are “versatile and valued qualifications” but there is “room for innovation”, according to findings published this week by Pearson. In their report, Qualified to succeed, Pearson identify the need for a system wide approach with a more “coherent and broad-based curriculum that is better able to connect with and inspire young people” also highlighting the need for greater diversity and representation in the curriculum.

Other recommendations include more incentives for employers to engage with educators and strengthen teachers’ capacity to bring work themes into the classroom.

The learning company added “action is needed to ensure the government’s policies succeed in supporting young people to gain the skills they need and help the UK ‘level-up’”.