Report of a survey conducted by the National Union of Teachers (January 2014)
This report of a 2014 survey of secondary school teachers explores issues around assessment and accountability in Key Stage 3, GCSE floor targets, and early entry at GCSE. It proposes several recommendations in relation to the future of secondary school assessment and accountability in the light of the survey findings.
This response outlines the NUT’s concerns about the Expert Panel's report for the National Curriculum review. Key criticisms include failure to consider equality and SEN issues; inadequate time for implementation and the need for greater focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The Department for Education has announced changes to GCSEs in a number of subject areas. Changes for mathematics and English will come into effect for first teaching from 2015, with first examination in 2017. Changes in other subject areas will be introduced for first teaching from 2016 and first examination in 2018.
The main features of the new courses are outlined in the document attached.
The NUT is surveying members on the Government’s proposals to replace GCSEs with an English Bacc, to include English, Maths, history, geography, sciences and languages but exclude other subjects. Please do get together with colleagues to discuss the issues so that you can fill in one questionnaire from your school or college. They can be returned to the to the Union at Freepost RSCK-HCRC-HGYJ, National Union of Teachers, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
The new qualification will be based on external assessment only, and will offer those students who fail a statement of achievement, which will certainly seem less valuable to employers and colleges.
The NUT opposes the English Bacc and is promoting its own alternative to the Government’s proposals.
The NUT’s own 14-19 policy emphasises the importance of an integrated 14-19 system of education without academic or vocational divisions.