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In an email/letter to schools - these were in his list of intentions - Gove that is. I presume the English GCSe will be dropped in about 4/5 years as he had planned all the changes with ebac to do so. However, will he be lobbied about this? It works for many pupils.
My DS took it last year and he covered a lot of literature which is good. Was a fiasco with AQA English grades in summer though and we were lucky, as only a few were, his exam was upped by 2 grades. His school, a good all boy comp, had most except top set doing this to maximise grades which had worked prior to the deflation of 2012.