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Ofsted to penalise schools for 3 year GCSE courses

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Shedman, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Occasional commenter

    GCSEs have become more challenging so schools who teach pupils that are behind/below target are trying to even up the playing field.

    OFSTED have noticed this and want to punish schools for doing so.

    Are OFSTED trying to decrease the outcomes of the most vulnerable in society and enable only the elite to become successful at these new GCSEs?
    drek likes this.
  2. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    Impossible to police.

    A while ago I read a piece on the Hitlerisation of history, and that WWII is often taught 3 or 4 times throughout a child’s school years.

    You simply can’t ringfence content in the way you suggest. For GCSE maths you need to know fractions. For GCSE English, punctuation. For GCSE science the periodic table. It’s impossible not to NOT to teach these at KS3.
    drek likes this.
  3. MrMedia

    MrMedia Lead commenter

    Ofsted have said they will review schemes of work. If you are teaching a topic to a class on a spiral curriculum then that’s fine. If you have put them into a group in Year 9 where they stay until Year 11 and they are doing both topic and GCSE exam practice before Year 10 then that is a risk you just don’t need to take.
  4. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    They just know and what they don't know they make up.
    agathamorse and drek like this.
  5. drek

    drek Lead commenter

    There is no way one can teach the KS4 science programme in two years these days.
    Year on year poor leadership decisions and skills have created a society of disaffected, demanding, dependent students particularly in areas of high social housing.......not to mention their parents.

    Poor behaviour, lessons constantly getting disrupted and understaffing lead to poor support systems for these students. It’s a never ending cycle.

    The one thing that is common is how quickly these parents and their children can pick up and recall unpleasant catchphrases that can turn management focus from them onto their teachers............
  6. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    But they've said they won't punish a 3 year KS4 as long as the curriculum is balanced.

    It makes no sense.
  7. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    I think the 'balanced curriculum' is going to focus more on the breadth of subjects on offer. For example, the University of Sussex has recently conducted a survey into music teaching at secondary schools which highlighted the following:
    Currently a number of students receive NO music education at KS3, others receive a significantly reduced amount (eg on a carousel),
    15% of students in English schools cannot opt for GCSE music if they want to,
    There is a correlation between schools with high numbers of PP students and decreased amounts of time for KS4 music
    A number of secondary schools have cancelled extra-curricular music clubs and concerts etc.

    I suspect these kinds of issues, relating to all the non-ebacc subjects will raise concern. As they should do - although the Government's previous insistence on prioritising ebacc subjects in the league tables at the expense of everything else is the clear source of the problem - I don't think Heads suddenly decided on a whim to cut all their creative subjects because they didn't like them anymore......
    ViolaClef likes this.
  8. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    They might.

    Then again they might not.

    I expect it will depend on the people/school doing it.

    Ofsted could of course approve curricula before schools employ them. Or provide model acceptable curricula, then there won't be any issues and schools will know they have an acceptable curriculum.

    But they won't.

    Instead we'll have some of our schools teaching apparently "unacceptable" curricula to OUR children for two, three or four years before anyone does a thing about it.

    Ofsted have been an absolute disaster for the profession. They are beyond useless and well past their use-by date. They are now an arm of govt policy and need to be binned today.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
    agathamorse, Shedman and yodaami2 like this.

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