Tag: GCSE

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Should we mourn GCSE poetry?

Ofqual’s decision to make GCSE poetry optional in 2021 has sparked mixed opinions, with  the current Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, and other writers deeming it “a dangerous first step” in undermining the importance of the arts. Ofqual’s justification for their decision is that it will prevent students having to study complicated poems remotely. However, at…

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Genius in the making

Exams are notoriously getting harder every year, with this year being no different for the 580,000 who sat for their GCSEs this summer. One student who did exceptionally well was Janey Little, who sat her exams at Clevedon School in North Somerset and achieved 13 Grade 9s. It has been made clear by the government…

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Is the government’s drive to increase the number of academies coming at the detriment of students’ education?

Ever since Tony Blair’s government established the first string of academies with the Learning and Skills Act of 2000, and particularly since the Conservative party’s return to government in the 2010 election, the shift towards academisation of England’s schools has proceeded at a startling rate. Almost two thirds of the country’s secondary schools now either…

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A fortunate EBacc U-turn

The scrapping of the EBacc does mean a retention of the recognition of the GCSE brand but it is difficult to see how they will create universal, equal opportunity for all, writes Ben Beebe.

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