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Tougher A-levels and GCSEs for arts subjects

Garry Wed 09 Apr 2014 08:26

A-levels and GCSEs in arts subjects in England, including music, drama, art and dance, are to be made more "rigorous and demanding", Education Secretary Michael Gove is to announce.

They will be taught from September 2016, alongside changes to A-levels in RE and design and technology.

Mr Gove is also expected to reveal the content of tougher, new-look GCSEs in subjects such as history and geography.

Schools should "nurture creative talent in every child," says Mr Gove.

The announcements will set out the next stages of the government's programme of exam reform, with changes being phased in over the next few years.

Higher grades
Arts subjects are the latest to be revised, with new GCSEs in art and design, music, drama and new A-levels in music, drama and dance.

Exam boards and experts will help to devise the content.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said she was delighted that work on revising GCSE music is "going to come to fruition".

Read more... (BBC News - 9 April)