GCSE Pupils to Be Docked Marks over Bad Spelling
Byline: Sarah Harris
GCSE candidates face losing as much as 12 per cent of their marks for poor spelling, punctuation and grammar.
The writing errors will be punished to inject rigour back into qualifications taken by 600,000 pupils a year.
'Bite-sized' modules will also be axed in favour of final exams under the reforms outlined yesterday by regulator Ofqual.
From next September, pupils taking English language GCSEs will be assessed for their grammar, spelling and punctuation. Twelve per cent of the total marks will be given for demonstrating writing skills in these subjects.
English literature, geography, history, ancient history and religious studies will follow in 2013, with 5 per cent of the marks granted for accurate writing.
Pupils will also be expected to use specialist terms.
For two-year GCSE courses starting next year, all examinations will be sat in summer 2014. Pupils will no longer be able to resit exams in order to boost their marks, except in English and maths.
The consultation sets out plans to allow students who need these qualifications to retake them - from November 2013 onwards - so that they do not have to wait another 12 months for the opportunity. The reforms were announced by Education Secretary Michael Gove last year and included in the Department for Education's White Paper. …