George Green’s head welcomes Michael Gove’s GCSE climbdown

George Green's head teacher Kenny Frederick

George Green's head teacher Kenny Frederick - Credit: George Green's School, E14

The government’s decision to abandon plans to scrap GCSE exams and replace them with English Baccalaureate Certificates has been welcomed by a Tower Hamlets head teacher.

Education secretary Michael Gove’s U-turn over controversial proposals to replace GCSEs with the new qualification in 2015 has been heralded as “great news” by head of George Green’s School Kenny Frederick.

Mr Gove had faced widespread opposition from MPs, unions and teachers – including Ms Frederick - to the plans for a new EBacc certificate for core subjects.

Ms Frederick - who has been head teacher at the school on the Isle of Dogs for 17 years - said: “The plan was one that was discredited by teachers, head teachers, businesses, parents and Art and Sporting organisations. Even the All Party Select Committee said the plan was rushed and not well thought out and would cause great confusion.

“Young people would suffer as a result.”


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Ms Frederick has been a vocal critic of Mr Gove’s performance as education secretary, and said the government should consult teachers more closely on future reforms.

“We wait to see what Mr Gove comes up with in terms of reviewing GCSEs. What is clear is that he needs to consult with the bring profession with him.

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“They are the ones who will have to deliver the new curriculum and new examination system”, she added.

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