Teachers have said that the proposed changes to GCSE exams could be better for boys but see girls’ results fall.
Currently, many GCSE subjects have modular exams but the new plan will see students sitting only end of year exams in all subjects.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers have said that girls do not perform as well in final exams.
It is suggested that the female brain benefits more from a combination of coursework and staggered exams and research has shown that girls have been getting better GCSE results for over 20 years.
Geoff Venn, a former chief examiner in chemistry and retired teacher from Bedfordshire told the association at their annual conference that: “Where we have high-stakes testing, girls feel less confident to excel. Boys are more adventurous and can go into the final examination and feel more confident in doing it.”
Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, has been heavily criticised for his plans for reforming both GCSEs and A-levels in the UK.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers have continually said that Mr Gove has not listened to any of their concerns.
The changes are to take effect to course starting in September 2015.
Many teachers across the country are anxious that this fast change is going to result in an inadequate teaching standard as they will not be given the time to adjust to it.
It is noted that the introduction of GCSE exams coincided with the rise in female results and it is expected that this new change will reverse the trend.