‘Children are being asked to select their GCSE options in their second term at secondary school, Tes can reveal. At one school in Shropshire, pupils have to submit their choices in the Easter term of Year 7, so they can start studying their GCSE subjects in Year 8. A presentation from Thomas Telford School tells parents that GCSE covers ages 12-16 – two years longer than the qualification was originally supposed to be. Ofsted’s national director for education, Sean Harford, said the approach was “depressing” and might prevent pupils getting a broad and balanced curriculum.’ https://www.tes.com/news/exclusive-pupils-forced-make-gcse-choices-year-7 Is it right that children are being asked to choose their GCSE subjects in Year 7? Are pupils being denied the chance to study a broad and balanced curriculum? Is it detrimental to a child's education? Is this a symptom of the high accountability system? Do you think this trend will continue as a result?