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Gender Specific Exams Under Consideration

Tuesday 22nd June 2010

Boys and girls could take different GCSE courses under plans being considered by one of Englands awarding bodies, it has been revealed.

The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), the UKs largest school exam board, is looking at developing gender-specific alternatives to the GCSE which will introduce exams that play to different gender strengths.  In an interview with the TES the AQA Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Bill Alexander, talked about the new development work.

Research has suggested that boys prefer traditional exam-based courses while girls prefer coursework.  AQA would potentially develop English, maths and science GCSEs with more coursework for girls, and more weighting to exam marks for boys.

An AQA spokeswoman said the move is just one idea of how to introduce flexibility into exams.

More Information:

Visit the AQA website


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