Early entry to GCSE

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the literature relating to the issues surrounding early entry at GCSE. First, it will define the concept of early entry and provide the background to early entry at GCSE, by considering its origins for gifted and talented students and the subsequent proliferation to a wider range of students. It then examines the motives thought to influence why students are entered early, the potential effects for both students and schools and the possible causes of these effects. Finally, it considers the future implications of early entry in relation to on-demand testing and future reforms to the examination system.

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