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    News in the last couple of years about re-marking, particularly for English, has shown quite worrying signs about marking inaccuracies.

    There's an English teacher recruitment crisis, according to Professor John Howsom.

    One head teacher claims that English is now a less enjoyable subject thanks to a "narrowing of the curriculum".

    Is the study of English in secondary schools reaching a crisis point?

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    The recruitment crisis I definitely agree with. At my previous secondary school, the turnover rate for English teachers is extremely high. It seems like at least 1/3rd of the teachers are new each year! And this is supposedly one of the best schools in the area, and it's quite an affluent area as well. Can't imagine what the situation is like in less-well-funded schools.

    As for the curriculum, I'll say that as a member of the first cohort to take the new 9-1 English GCSE, it's stupid. English should not be a test of how well you can memorise a text's quotes and methods. It shouldn't be solely judged on analytical essays and the odd bit of creative writing. I say more focus on speaking. After all, it's the most important mode of communication.
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    (Original post by TheMindGarage)
    The recruitment crisis I definitely agree with. At my previous secondary school, the turnover rate for English teachers is extremely high. It seems like at least 1/3rd of the teachers are new each year! And this is supposedly one of the best schools in the area, and it's quite an affluent area as well. Can't imagine what the situation is like in less-well-funded schools.

    As for the curriculum, I'll say that as a member of the first cohort to take the new 9-1 English GCSE, it's stupid. English should not be a test of how well you can memorise a text's quotes and methods. It shouldn't be solely judged on analytical essays and the odd bit of creative writing. I say more focus on speaking. After all, it's the most important mode of communication.
    Taking the points you've made about the curriculum, do you think this is specific to just English or common across other subjects too?
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Taking the points you've made about the curriculum, do you think this is specific to just English or common across other subjects too?
    To some extent Science as well. GCSE science has too much of memorising definitions for 1-mark answers. You shouldn't have to put the exact exam-spec definition to get the mark. There should be more emphasis on applying what you know to unfamiliar situations.
 
 
 
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