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Is the current education system letting down pupils who don’t make the grade?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Is there a risk of pupils, who fall into ‘the forgotten third’ of school leavers, slipping through the net of improved life chances and feeling low self-esteem because they didn’t achieve a Grade 4 or higher in their GCSEs?

    ‘This year's GCSE results tell us that 36 per cent of 16-year olds failed to secure a standard pass (Grade 4) in English and maths combined. These students were awarded grades 1, 2 and 3 (the unfortunately dubbed "123ers") with disadvantaged youngsters disproportionately represented among them.

    We thus have a schooling system which, after 12 years of compulsory education, awards around 190,000 young people a qualification at age 16 which is not recognised as educationally and socially worthwhile. A basic passport to further education and employment has been denied. Where is the common dignity here? And what does this perceived failure do for individual self-worth?’
    Roy Blatchford is the commission chair at the Association of School and College Leaders

    What are your views? Do you welcome the 'commission of inquiry' into the leanring and teaching of English? What can we do to nurture and celebrate the strengths and talents that less academically-minded students have? Do you think a focus on language learning at an earlier age will help to make a difference or will this add more pressure to young children? Is there more that could be done to look at supporting parents and carers to help children have a better command of language when they enter school?

  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Wherever you draw the line, however you organise the education, some youngsters will do better than others. Over the years too many young adults have left school with a sense of failure, and often a hatred of schools (and teachers).
    There are qualifications for those who struggle, but they play no part in Progress8, so schools don't put them on. We need, and want, all our adults to participate in society and to participate in the economy through work. Part of the passage to work and society is by celebrating what they can do.
    Language acquisition doesn't have to be pressured, but it does make a difference. I imagine nurseries work hard to develop this in their pupils, but I work at the other end of the school age range and have no real idea of how well they actually do this or what support they need to improve.
  3. install

    install Star commenter

    School finishes at 18 now in the uk - not 16. The Gov't pretends to care but if you consider that 16 to 18 yr olds used to get a weekly payment, you start to see a different reality :cool:
    jlishman2158 likes this.

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