For some reason I missed Gove's original announcement but I noticed this on the Edexcel website: 'On Sunday 27 June 2011, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, announced his support for a move to linear assessment of GCSEs. For two-year courses starting in September 2012, we expect that all GCSE examinations will be taken at the end of the course, with no modular examinations available. Retaking of units will therefore not be possible. We anticipate that an opportunity to retake GCSE English and GCSE Maths in full will be available in the autumn after first examination. The Secretary of State also announced his support for the strengthening of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) requirements for GCSE examinations. For these SPAG requirements, we expect that English Literature, Geography, History and RS will be the first subjects to be changed for assessments taken in the academic year 2012/13.' How do folk feel about this? It will mean no year ten modular entry for the short course. They will have to sit everything at the end of year 11 which for OCR is 2x2hrs exams. Also I have heard rumours that all GCSEs are being rewritten for 2013 and that A level will be going back to linear. Any thoughts?