Released on 02 Mar 2010
Oxford reveals a strong hand for the new GCSEs
As part of the government reform of education for 14-19 year olds, GCSE exams are due to change in the UK from September 2010.
The biggest change is the replacement of coursework by controlled assessment (which ensures that work submitted is the student’s own), plus other changes including a broader range of question styles, the demise of the multiple choice question, and the incorporation of ‘functional skills’ into English, maths, and ICT, to ensure students have the skills employers regard as essential.
The changes are big enough to make it essential for most schools to choose new resources. In response Oxford University Press are creating five completely new GCSE courses as well as updating and revising a wide range of other materials.
New for GCSE maths
In official partnership with OCR (the Oxford and Cambridge exam board) Oxford University Press are publishing Oxford GCSE Maths for OCR, a comprehensive package of materials for the OCR Mathematics Specification A. Two new courses for the new Edexcel exams, Specification A (Linear) and B (Modular) offer a unique targeted approach to significantly improve results. And finally, one of the most successful GCSE maths courses of the last few decades, GCSE Mathematics: Revision and Practice by David Rayner is available in a new edition for use with any exam board.
New for GCSE English
Again in official partnership with OCR, the innovative new GCSE English for OCR from Oxford University Press has been written by chief examiners together with contributors from Teachit, the phenomenally successful teachers’ online community. For the Welsh Joint Exam Committee (WJEC) the bestselling WJEC GCSE English has motivating new materials written by the Senior Examiner, Roger Lane, and the course has been endorsed by the WJEC.
New for GCSE science and geography
For science and geography, new GCSEs are also on their way, but the government are introducing this exam specification later, in 2011. Oxford University Press is working with OCR, the Nuffield Foundation, and the University of York Education Group to revise the Twenty First Century Science specification and its accompanying teaching resources for 2011.
Phil Garratt, Director of Secondary Educational Publishing, commented: “As a leading educational publisher, the new GCSEs offer us a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the exciting changes happening in our schools. It is our chance to help make a real difference to the future of the UK in the 21st century.”
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