With exams season upon us, Suzanne O’Farrell offers her advice on supporting your students in the build-up to their GCSEs

Summer’s here and so is exam season. And this summer’s annual bout of nervous tension and bitten fingernails marks what is arguably the most significant year of GCSE reform since the introduction of GCSEs 30 years ago.

New GCSEs are being sat for the first time in 17 subject areas. These include nearly all the major secondary school subjects – other than English language, literature and mathematics, in which new GCSEs were sat for the first time last summer.

Biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, modern foreign languages, history, geography, art and design, music, drama and religious studies are all among the subjects on the new-look GCSE list.

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