Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan have come and gone but the impact of successive Secretaries of State for Education on examination reform may only just be becoming apparent to parents and pupils. GCSE reforms have been introduced piecemeal and it is now the responsibility of schools to navigate a clear path for pupils through the still choppy waters of curriculum change.
New linear GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics were introduced in September 2015. The new syllabuses for the remaining GCSE subjects (with the exception of Design Technology, Latin and Classical Civilisation) will be first taught in September 2016. Many schools, particularly independent schools, will continue to offer IGCSEs, some graded 9-1 and some A*-G.