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National Curriculum, Tests and Exams Set to Morph

2 Jan

In September 2013, Michael Gove published the new national curricular framework, following consultations.  Some aspects of this will come into force on 1 September 2014.  From 1 September 2015, the new national curriculum for English, mathematics and science will take effect for years 2 to 6.  English, mathematics and science for Key Stage 4 will be phased in from September 2015.  Background information on the review, including details of previous publication, can be found here.

The new mathematics GCSE (see here) will require a deeper and broader mathematics understanding.   It will provide students with coverage on ratio, proportion and rates of changes and there will be an expectation that students will provide clearer arguments for their answers.  All students who fail to reach a C grade will be required to continue studying mathematics post-16.

The English Language GCSE (see here) will, according to Gove, provide all students with a robust foundation of reading and good written English and with language and literary skills.   Altogether, 20% of the marks will be awarded for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Where students take English Literature, they will engage in “high-quality texts across a range of genres and periods” – including Shakespeare, the works of nineteenth century novelists and poets of the Romantic era.  The new English Literature GCSE will build on this foundation and encourage students to “read, write and think critically”.  Continue reading