slough mum wrote:
I assumed it was all starting in 2015 and first exams in 2017?
I think you may be confusing two initiatives, which is not in the least bit surprising, given how thick and fast they spurt from the mouth of our trusted Education Secretary.
The first was to abandon modular GCSEs and replace them with linear ones. This will begin with the current Year 9 when they go into Year 10 in September 2013.
The second was to do away with GCSEs altogether and replace them with something based on the old 'O' level system. This was to have started in 2015. However, given the total lack of thought behind the initiative, it has been abandoned before it began. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21363396
The English Baccalaureate, or Ebacc, to which G55 alludes, was a self-proclaimed measurement tool/stick to beat schools with, depending on which side of Gove's fence you sit, applied retrospectively to league tables once the Coalition Government came in. It looked at results in English, Maths, a humanity, an MFL and Science. It has no legal or educational status and is of no interest to universities or employers. I think this has now, too, been abandoned.