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    A lot of students who failed their English and Maths GCSE papers last year have had to retake them this year, so are all people now legally required to do a GCSE/GCSE equivelant at 16? I know it was previously optional, although highly recommended. If so, what would happen if somebody was homeschooled up to 18 and still chooses not to take any formal qualification?
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    You are legally required to take GCSE English and maths until you get at least a C or turn 18. Once you turn 18, it's your choice if you want to keep trying or not. However it is recommended and employers are suggested to ask for at least a C in both to show basic employee competence.
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    (Original post by Devify)
    You are legally required to take GCSE English and maths until you get at least a C or turn 18. Once you turn 18, it's your choice if you want to keep trying or not. However it is recommended and employers are suggested to ask for at least a C in both to show basic employee competence.
    I thought that you were required to continue studying English/Maths until 18 unless you get a C GCSE grade beforehand. So let's say you were homeschooled until 18, and were taught English and Maths but were never formally entered for an exam, or you failed to show up for your exams, even if you were still studying the subject. Previously, this would have been seen as bad practice. Would it now be breaking the law, or still just be bad practice?

    My point is that I can see them requiring students to study English/Maths until 18, but can't see the government forcing students to take an exam, since they might not bother showing up. I'd be hard pressed to find if this were actually the case.

    I passed both of mine; I'm just asking this out of curiousity.
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    You are only required to continue to study. You are not forced to keep retaking the exam it's just a better option as if you finally manage to get the grade, you don't have to continue with the lessons. So if a person was homeschooled, didn't pass it the first time, continued to study but did not take any further exams, there's nothing against it.

    "Pupils aged 16 will no longer be able to drop maths or English unless they have achieved at least a grade C in their GCSEs.

    However, Matthew Hancock, the skills minister, said that there pupils will not be forced to take further tests in the subjects. He said there will only be a “high expectation” that teens forced to continue studying the subjects will go on to resit exams."
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    Given that it's a legal requirement for a student to continue to study Maths where he or she has failed, whose responsibility is it to ensure that this continuing study takes place? As an under 18, that would fall on the parents I presume?
 
 
 
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