The Department for Education released the list of Key Stage 4 qualifications which will count in the school league tables on January 31.
As set out in the Governments response to the Wolf Report, in future, qualifications will count in schools league tables if they are:
- The size of a GCSE or bigger
- Include some external assessment
- Include grades, rather than being just pass or fail
- Are high quality and rigorous
- Offer progression to further qualifications and careers
- Have good take-up levels among 14- to 16-year-olds
This list includes full course GCSEs and iGCSEs, AS levels, graded music examinations (grade 6 and above) and other approved qualifications that demonstrated the characteristics set out in the technical guidance published on 27 October 2011.
No qualification will count for more than one GCSE in the performance tables but teachers are free to offer any qualifications which they believe reflect their pupils interests and abilities.
New qualifications which are being developed will be added to the list in March.
For more information on these changes, visit the Department for Education website.