Unpopular Opinion: Changes to English GCSE exaggerated? Watch

ccrilly624
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I just read a student room article on how the amount of students taking English and English Literature from GCSE to A-Level has dropped by 25%.
It’s said to be due to students saying they loved English in lower school classes and when GCSE English was about analyzing the text and not writing creatively they got scared, said the workload was too much and it was too much reading and not enough creativity.
I don’t see how this can be because I started secondary school in 2010, back then English maybe had one creative writing section over three years? Then maybe a fifth of my GCSE was creative writing but it also wasn’t? They gave you a topic and you still had to include everything you would in a normal analytical essay.
I got an A* in both English and English Literature at GCSE, and an A at A-Level, graduated after repeating a year in 2018.
What’s everybody else’s opinion? Any other English nerds out there that thought English at different exam levels really wasn’t that bad? And not bad enough to constitute a 25% drop in students?
Or perhaps not...maybe it is harder now?
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I took my GCSE exams last year. I got two 9s in the English subjects.

There's nothing wrong with these exams if you truly love the subject. If you're just in it for an easy ride, then I'd agree that the reforms are slightly off-putting.

There's also a ****-ton of creativity in the new specs, yo.
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was thinking that! very true.
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I did GCSEs and A Levels in English and English Literature from 93-98. I've been teaching English and English Literature to GCSE level since 2001. In my opinion, the analytical elements of both subjects have become far more structured and rigorous since the move back to terminal examination. I find the entire qualification more credible. When the coursework played a bigger role, there was a strong whiff of corruption about the whole thing. People were driven by results (fine) and people cheated (not fine).

There's always been plenty of scope for creativity and I'd argue that there's more original writing in play now than ten years ago.

We're producing more capable young people now and their results reflect their ability and efforts more accurately than in the past. That's my view.
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It’s now more credible and has more creativity, exactly what I was thinking!
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