O Levels

Were O-Levels Really Harder Than GCSEs?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Are you guilty of harking back to ye olde times when O-levels were easier than GCSEs? Well why not put your beliefs to the test and find out once and ...

Number Of People Comparing GCSEs To O-Levels Falls For Second Year Running

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Comedy

The number of people comparing GCSEs to O-Levels has fallen for the second year running. The proportion of commentators saying things like "GCSEs...

Time for a Good Old-Fashioned Debate on Education

Dennis Hayes | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dennis Hayes

We don't know what education is and, as a consequence, we do not know what debate means. Debate is at the heart of education and if there is a crisis about one there is a crisis about the other.

Gove And Clegg To Launch GCSE Reform Jointly

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Details of a new examination regime to replace GCSEs are to be announced in the biggest overhaul of secondary school testing for a generation. Educ...

Prizes for All: Why Mehdi Hasan Is Wrong About Banning Private Schools

Ian Silvera | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Politics
Ian Silvera

Should Olympic champion Usain Bolt share his gold medal with his 100 metre competitors? Should a CEO be paid the same as a trainee? Should all competitions be banned? It is unlikely that most people would say yes to the above questions, but there are a group of people who do just that. They are called 'cultural Marxists'.

London Pupils Affected By Riots 'Beat Stereotype'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

There was joy on Thursday for pupils who secured high grades in a school affected by last year's London riots, with one declaring: "We've beaten the s...

Does High GCSE Fail Rate Mean Exams Are Being Marked Too Harshly?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Panicked teachers have voiced their concerns GCSE English exams were marked too harshly this year after schools reported an unprecedented number of fa...

Lucy Sherriff

'GCSEs Bear No Relevance To Real Life,' Say Disgruntled Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

GCSEs bear no relevance to real life and need a drastic overhaul, students have told the Huffington Post UK. While the argument over O-levels or GC...

Ofsted Chief Clashes With Gove Over O-Level Reforms

PA | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The Ofsted chief inspector is against radical reforms that would see less able pupils sit simpler qualifications or take papers later on, it was repor...

'No Two-Tier System' Insists Gove Over O-Level Proposals

PA | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Michael Gove has appeared to soften his position on radical reforms that would see the return of O-levels and CSEs after an outcry over the proposals....

Will Anyone in Business Mourn the Passing of the GCSE?

Robert Downes | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Robert Downes

Let's be frank, most businesses aren't looking for new starters who have an A* GCSE in 'global citizenship'. They need work ready employees who can write a properly punctuated sentence, free from spelling mistakes, and one who's mentally able to work out a simple maths problem.

O-Level Plans Are 'Consigning Young People To The Scrapheap'

PA | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Labour will attempt to ramp up pressure on the coalition by calling on Liberal Democrats to join them in condemning proposals to reintroduce O-levels ...

Cameron Knew Of Gove's GCSE Plans Claims Downing Street

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK Politics

Downing Street has contradicted Nick Clegg by confirming that David Cameron had known about controversial plans to replace GCSEs with O-levels before ...

Nick Clegg Claims O-Levels 'Not Discussed Or Agreed In Coalition'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Politics

Amid Lib Dem fury at Michael Gove's leaded plans to scrap GCSEs and replace with them with something resembling the old O-Level model, Nick Clegg spok...

LIb Dems' Fury Over Gove's 'Nostalgic' Plan To Scrap GCSEs

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A major coalition row was brewing on Thursday afternoon after Lib Dem MPs expressed outrage over Michael Gove's plans to scrap GCSEs and replace with ...

Michael Gove: 'Children Should Swap Nintendos For Hoops And Sticks'

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Comedy

Education Secretary Michael Gove is introducing measures that will force every child in Britain to play with hoops and sticks. "Unlike Nintendos or...

O-levels or Gove-levels?

Adam Lee-Potter | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Lee-Potter

I quibble with Gove over his quintessentially Conservative fondness for reinvention. In truth, I see no reason why GCSEs should be replaced by O-levels. Why not just make GCSEs tougher? A name means nothing.

Zen and the Art of Mathematics

Tim Curtis | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Curtis

What does Gove want us back to? He wants young people today to get bogged down in minutiae of detail and take their eye off the goal. He wants worker drones with no sense of their own capabilities and intelligence. He doesn't want people to solve problems, he wants clerks to write down sums in a book, perhaps to help balance the national deficit.

The Return Of The O-Level: GCSEs To Be Scrapped

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

UPDATE: Michael Gove all but confirms plans to scrap GCSEs in favour of O-levels GCSEs are to be scrapped and replaced by their predecessor, the "t...