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Will the new inspections mark the end of three-year GCSEs?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, May 24, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    ‘A headteachers’ union fears that Ofsted’s new inspections will mean that schools will feel compelled to stop running three-year GCSEs.

    The Association of School and College Leaders is concerned about how inspectors on the ground will interpret Ofsted’s “ambiguous” plans to focus on whether secondary schools are narrowing their key stage 3 curriculum.’

    What are your views? Would you welcome the end of the longer GCSE courses? If yes/no, why?

  2. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    Inspectors should be more concerned about an unfair exam system.that allows the rich to do easier igcses than the tougher gcses that poorer state sch students have to do...
  3. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    In my opinion, it’s about time. GCSEs should have as level a playing field as possible, and having some schools doing three years whilst others do two clearly works against this. Furthermore - and probably more important - a three year KS4 means that students don’t get taught a wide enough range of topics within subjects at KS4.
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  4. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

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  5. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Why don’t they ask instead of just ‘fearing’ about things they think could possibly happen if people were to interpret policy in a certain way? :confused:
  6. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Ah yes, but got to keep the click-bait articles going.
  7. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    What about the schools that do 5 year GCSEs?
  8. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Yes, I supplied in one of those before Christmas. Teaching stuff to yr 7 that they wouldn't have normally got until yr 10, made worse by the fact that they didn't have the previous learning needed to understand it!
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  9. Monny19

    Monny19 New commenter

  10. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    In answer to the question, no.

    Not until OFSTED actually downgrade a school for making up their own definition of key stage 4.
  11. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    Don't worry bout it, the iGCSEs are not particularly respected, and don't confer any advantage
  12. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    You are wrong.

    When state schs did them many of their grades shot up. And Universities accept them as do employers . And the advantage of an easier igcse over a hard gcse is actually huge. A poor disadvantaged student for example should have the right to do the same exam.
  13. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Is Ofsted actually dictating education policy these days? Ofted is there to inspect what is going on but it seems more and more that they are implicitly saying 'Do what we want to see or we'll give you a poor grade'.

    However, with government not actually doing much governing in the last three years due to the political catastrophe over Brexit, Ofsted has seen and seems to be capitalising on its opportunity to shape the modern education system.
  14. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Established commenter

    Before OFSTED penalise school leaders for trying to give students the best possible chances of passing these more challenging qualifications, they should oversee the DfE and change the importance of standardised tests. That is where the problem is.
  15. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    Agree in part. Ofsted are paid critics. Education needs to save money by cutting them down in an age where their visits and grading systems seem to be distrusted. Copy and paste jobs in Ofsted reports are not enough and more to do with outdated spread fear and stress tactics. Ofsted are sadly not supportive.
  16. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Re the defining of key stages in education. Aren't they still defined by the ages of the pupils rather than what the curriculum is? So, a 12 year old is in Key Stage 3, whether they're doing a GCSE course , or an "A" level, or whatever.

    (Or does it change if you put the 12 year old in a Year 11 class? Have they become a KS4 boy/girl? I wouldn't have thought so.)

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