IMHO .... They are of absolutely no value in real life. No FE institute values them (or at least I would be surprised if they did). I hope Gove thinks they are worth killing. All schools should do them for all students for all 3 flavours (Literacy, Numeracy and ICT). We are. The kids hate it. They are 'worth' half a GCSE in points - but for how long? The kids know nobody gives a hoot if they have the FSs or not. As to employers? No interest in any I have spoken to. For most of them it is real GCSEs or nothing. In this they agree with Gove. 90% of our diploma students failed one or more of them. Meaning they don't get a Diploma either. An utter waste of lesson time, and examination fees.