Gavin Williamson heralds GCSE grade bar for entry to university

From Times Higher Education: “The education secretary has heralded the advent of a minimum GCSE grade requirement for entry to university in England, while urging universities to go ‘further and faster’ in aligning courses with ‘the economy’s needs’ or the government will ‘step in’. … Times Higher Education has previously reported that the Department for Education was looking at setting a requirement for students to pass a grade threshold at English and maths GCSE in order to access student loans to study at university. That idea is seen as a route to reducing student numbers – as ministers look to cut higher education spending – and to addressing the quality concerns of some in government.”

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