The Staggers 16 September 2012 Michael Gove poised to unveil sweeping GCSE reforms - which might never happen Changes planned for 2015, according to the Mail on Sunday. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up In today's Mail on Sunday, Simon Walters claims that Michael Gove will announce sweeping changes to the GCSE system on Tuesday. Among the reported proposals are: "Grade 1" to replace A*, with only 10 per cent of children getting this mark Partial resits to be banned Continuous assessment to be replaced with three-hour final exams Algebra in maths exams, and essays in English papers A single exam board, to address concerns that competition has led to a "race to the bottom" It appears that Liberal Democrat protests over the return to a two-tier O-Level/CSE system have been heeded, as the new exams are being described as "single tier". Walters reports that the reforms will be announced in a joint press conference between Gove and Nick Clegg. There is, however, one final noteworthy point. According to the MoS report, the proposed changes would not come in until September 2015, with the first candidates sitting the new exams in 2017. The next general election will be held in the summer of 2015, so if the Conservatives lose power, any proposed changes could be scrapped. The Department of Education has not commented on the reports today. › Grant Morrison: Why I'm stepping away from superheroes Michael Gove, who is poised to announce GCSE changes. Photo: Getty Helen Lewis is a former deputy editor of the New Statesman, who is now a staff writer on the Atlantic. She is the author of Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights (Jonathan Cape). Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!