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International GCSE

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will include results of the international GCSE in achievement and attainment tables for secondary schools at GCSE and equivalent; (95196)

(2) whether pupils who achieve an international GCSE in English in accordance with the Coventry City Council and the North West Federation of Schools (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1739) will be included in achievement and attainment tables as if they had passed a GCSE in English.

The achievement and attainment tables can only report the results of qualifications which are approved by the Secretary of State for use in the maintained sector. Because the iGCSE is not an approved qualification it cannot be counted in the tables. The iGCSE has not been aligned with the national curriculum. We are, however, about to launch a consultation on the future use of the iGCSE in the maintained sector. That consultation will also consider whether any changes should be made to the tables coverage in future years.