Schools are looking at various ways to prevent lower ability students from being left behind in terms of gaining qualifications because of the reformed and more rigorous exams. With GCSE results released this week, many critics believe that aspiration is stifled for the “forgotten third” - who fail to secure at least a grade 4 in English and maths. ‘Tes has learned that since May more than 500 secondaries have signed up to a new "Build Up" programme designed to boost low-attaining pupils' character, and performance in English, maths and science, using online learning. PiXL, the partnership of nearly 3,000 schools that developed the programme, says it is used by heads who don't want to end up excluding or off-rolling such pupils. The Association of School and College Leaders is concerned that "something has gone wrong with the content of the GCSE".’ https://www.tes.com/news/gcse-results-schools-battle-help-forgotten-third What do you think? Will approaches such as online learning help to raise the aspiration and achievements of lower attaining pupils in an exam-focused education system, which is targeted at academic students? What do you think needs to be done to help the “forgotten third” in education to help them secure more qualifications?