HC Deb 23 July 1985 vol 83 c506W
12. Mr. Colvin

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he will take to ensure the change over to the general certificate of secondary education in September.

Mr. Dunn

The first GCSE courses will begin in September 1986, and the first GCSE examinations will be held in 1988. In preparation, there is to be a special programme of in-service training for all GCSE teachers during the 1985–86 academic year, to which the Government are making a substantial financial contribution. We continue to discuss with the examining groups and the secondary examinations council their developing plans for the introduction of the new examination courses.