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NAHT raised concerns as entry-level certificates are withdrawn by Pearson

NAHT has raised concerns with both the DfE and Ofqual about Pearson's withdrawal of entry-level qualifications in all subjects other than English, maths and science. This could leave many pupils, particularly in special schools, without access to recognised national qualifications if they were unable to access the reformed GCSEs. We stressed the importance of a curriculum and qualification framework that supports the learning, progress and success of all pupils in all schools.

Pearson has made a decision to withdraw many of its entry-level qualifications. The existing qualifications have been extended so that the final opportunity to submit work for moderation, and claim a result, will be summer 2018. 

This applies to the following subjects:

  • Design and technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Physical education
  • Religious studies
  • Spanish.

It says that following the introduction of reformed GCSE 9-1 qualifications, some entry-level certificates are no longer appropriate as an alternative qualification for students working below the GCSE standard. However, it has redeveloped the entry-level certificates in mathsscience and English, which will continue to be available.

Representatives from both Ofqual and DfE expressed concern, and they will be taking this back to their respective organisations to look at this issue. We will keep members updated on our progress and any further information. 

First published 17 July 2017