Exam results out today (23 August) show a 15% increase in the number of students who took the full course GCSE in Citizenship Studies this year. ACT congratulates teachers and pupils on their hard work, particularly in this first year of the reformed examinations.
This is the first significant increase since the Department for Education scrapped short course GCSEs in Citizenship and changed school performance tables. While this is good news for the subject, the number of pupils taking the qualification remains below 1% of the total cohort.
The A level results published today (18 August 2016) remind us of the importance of the A level Citizenship Studies qualification, which more than 2000 students have achieved today. The qualification offered by AQA since 1998 provides important progression from the National Curriculum for Citizenship to further and higher level study and is recognised by top universities including Cambridge and the LSE.
The DFE Minister for School Reform, Nick Gibb MP, has published therevised content for GCSE Citizenship Studies today (12 February 2015).
The new content will be used by the three awarding organisations AQA, Edexcel and OCR as they prepare new GCSE specifications for first teaching in 2016. GCSE Citizenship Studies is one of the subjects that can count towards the new progress 8 performance table measure.
ACT council met last weekend to discuss the consultation proposals from the DFE and Ofqual for revised GCSEs in Citizenship Studies. We have agreed to run a survey seeking your feedback to help guide how ACT should respond.
On Wednesday September 25th 2014 both the DfE and Ofqual launched their consultations on proposed GCSE reforms for examinations to be taught from 2016. The consultations include proposals for revisions to GCSEs in Citizenship Studies.