Newtandcucumber wrote:Joy of Learning 111 wrote:Newtandcucumber wrote:
Ps.....Beware our new Best in class Platinum standard GCSEs may be coming your way. Our new GCSE in Eng Lang is scary, and I won't even mention Eng Lit.
Not a snowball in hell chance of coming Singapore's way. When England replaced traditional O levels with the GCSE and subsequently traditional A levels with modular ones, it lost many overseas markets due to the lack of rigour. Some overseas markets such as Singapore want to develop - and are successfully doing so - their own systems.
Nor did the IGCSE take off here. I heard that private schools in England rejected GCSEs but adopted IGCSEs.
To be honest I was a sceptic, but our National Curriculum has all but eliminated functional literacy. Modular GCSEs were replaced in 2014 by more rigorous linear interim exams. Interim Eng Lang and Maths GCSEs finish in 2016, and the more difficult linear ones start in 2017. Remaining interim GCSEs are sat for the last time in 2017, and the more difficult ones start in 2018.
My son will sit his CIE Eng Lang O Level and Maths O Level when he is 14, as the challenge is a lot less than his Eng Lang and Maths GCSEs- and comparatively easier to attain a top grade A in O Levels, compared to a 9 in the GCSEs.
BTW,the exam boards are dispensing with some IGCSEs, as the new GCSEs are more demanding; the emphasis is on reasoning and explaining in the exam rather than rote-based recall of old and existing O Levels.
Look at the following GCSE spec papers. Are you seriously telling me that they are easy:
Eng Lang - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/ ... -resources
Eng Lit - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/ ... -resources
So you believe Singapore's O Level assessment books and TYS will be (more) difficult enough than those available in the UK to prep your child for the revamped GCSE syllabus? Would our materials be useful to you guys in the UK?