V1090 – GCSE Resits Bill 2016 (Second Reading)

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V1090 – GCSE Resits Bill 2016 (Second Reading), TSR Conservative Party
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make students resit their GCSE Maths and/or GCSE English exams at least once, if they do not achieve a good pass.

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Definitions
(1) A good pass is when a student achieves a grade 5 or higher in their GCSE exam.

2 Situations in which the student must resit
(1) If a student does not achieve a good pass in their GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths exam, they must resit the exam at least once.
a. This is done at the school's expense.

3 Situations in which a resit is optional
(1) If a student does not achieve a good pass in their first resit.
a. If the student decides to resit, this will be done at the student's expense.
(2) If the student is aged 18 or over.
a. If the student decides to resit, this will be done at the student's expense.

4 Commencement, short title and extent
(1) This Act shall come into force on 1st September 2017.
(2) This Act may be cited as the GCSE Resits Act 2016.
(3) This Act extends to England.

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By making students resit their exam only once, it will save schools money but it will also give the students a choice to either move on if they fail their first resit or to try again.

We should aim for everyone to achieve a good pass, which is why we should make people resit their exam once if they failed it the first time. But then some students get locked into a cycle of failing their exams, some cannot pass despite the help they get. Therefore, resits shouldn't be compulsory if a student has resat the exam once already.

Estimated savings for DoE = £7.2m

Sources

source 1 and source 2
AQA fees
OCR fees
Edexcel fees

Changes for the division:
  • Savings added in the notes section.

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I do not believe the costs when calculations are not given for members to scrutinise.
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Nobody should be made to resit an exam against their will. What is this, North Korea?
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I do not believe the costs when calculations are not given for members to scrutinise.
Percentage of students who failed their resit was calculated for both English and Maths was calculated and multiplied by the number of students who resat English and Maths. This gave the number of students who would have to resit again under the status quo.

The average cost of entry fees were calculated for each subject across the three main exam boards AQA, Edexcel and OCR. These were then multiplied by the number of students who would have to resit again under the status quo = £7.2m.

I really hope I get full marks from you - hard to please!
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What's grade 5 equivalent to in the letters?

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What's grade 5 equivalent to in the letters?

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You could say grade 5 is equal to a C. But grade 5 is slightly higher than a C.

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You could say grade 5 is equal to a C. But grade 5 is slightly higher than a C.

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So basically 5 is that C where you're ticked off that you were like a mark off a B?

Sounds to me like this basically says "in those subjects where you needed a C, you now need to get a C."

I dunno, I mean I could understand jumping straight to the B because that's an actual grade.

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(Original post by CoffeeGeek)
You could say grade 5 is equal to a C. But grade 5 is slightly higher than a C.

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A C being a "good pass" says everything about this country, it's not long since that was considered just passing.

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Nobody should be made to resit an exam against their will. What is this, North Korea?
The status quo currently makes people resit until they achieve a good pass. This bill is a great improvement from the status quo and it will save money for the DoE and if a student does not achieve a good pass they get to choose what they want to do next.
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Total abolition of compulsory resits would be better, but I guess this will have to do for now
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I want compulsory re-sits to be banned instead.
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Good to see the Liberals continuing their indecisive streak.
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there should be no compulsory resit, but this in an improvement.
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there should be no compulsory resit, but this in an improvement.
May I ask why you abstained if you think it's an improvement?
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The majority of places already do this (at least that I know of)

I'm not a fan of compulsory resits
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The majority of places already do this (at least that I know of)

I'm not a fan of compulsory resits
This is an improvement from the status quo as aforementioned. It gives the students who didn't achieve a good pass in their resit a choice rather than forcing them to resit again. This bill also saves money for the DoE.
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May I ask why you abstained if you think it's an improvement?
because i would prefer to abolish resits, so i can’t fully put support my support towards this bill
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This is an improvement from the status quo as aforementioned. It gives the students who didn't achieve a good pass in their resit a choice rather than forcing them to resit again. This bill also saves money for the DoE.
I don't see how this improves the status quo?

It doesn't give them a choice because they still have to resit once? And a second rest is usually student funded anyway?
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(Original post by frankielogue)
because i would prefer to abolish resits, so i can’t fully put support my support towards this bill
Fair enough - I respect your vote.

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I don't see how this improves the status quo?
The status quo makes students resit until they achieve a good pass. With this bill, regardless of what grade you get, you will not be forced to take another resit if you have already resat an exam. This is a great improvement from the status quo, this bill is working it's way to giving students who did not achieve a good pass in their compulsory resit more freedom.

It doesn't give them a choice because they still have to resit once? And a second rest is usually student funded anyway?
It gives them a choice after their compulsory resit - I made sure I mentioned after, the wording is important. The second resit is not student funded for GCSE English and Maths.
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I personally feel that we should be (at least) promoting Functional Skills qualifications where a student is unable to pass GCSE maths/English. Other than that I support the principle of abolishing compulsory 2nd resits, so I have voted abstain on this
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