18 September 2012
Association of Colleges' Chief Executive, Martin Doel, said: “In order to recruit and provide for a wide variety of school-leavers Colleges need reliable indicators of achievement in order to be able to get them onto the appropriate courses. Exam results as skills indicators are essential in determining the best course programmes for the best students.
"We need to understand both the philosophy and the theory that underpins these changes and how they will help improve and engage children of all abilities.
"The important thing, now that this decision has been taken, is to use the time between now and the introduction of the new scheme to properly design and develop a coherent understandable system.
"As one of the largest groups of recruiters for post-GCSE students colleges would be happy to help in this process. This would hopefully mean a joined up passage through education for every student taking these exams.
"We need to understand how the new system regarding awarding bodies will work and will be particularly keen to make sure it does not become uneconomical and that there are no knock on effects for other qualifications."