Sitting GCSEs early and getting young people to re-sit until they obtain a C grade, may be suitable for some but it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. The essential question is what are their needs and are they ready for it?
The key factor here is how are young people put forward for the exams? How are they assessed to ensure they are ready? What provision has been made to support them through the process? Is this going to affect their confidence levels if they fail? And what provision is being made for young people with language or learning difficulties and those for whom English is not their native language?