Primary curriculum and assessment is not the only area of education in crisis. In the upper secondary years a potential crisis looms. The future intentions of the new government in relation to the Ebacc continue to be uncertain – with completion rates falling far short of what had been intended. The new government has also signalled its intention to allow schools to reintroduce selection.


Curriculum, assessment and accountability changes at KS4

Curriculum, assessment and accountability changes at KS4

Evidence shows that the new curriculum requirements have increased workload, the stress levels of teachers, but also narrowed choices for students. The new Progress 8 accountability structure is resulting in further stress and anxiety for teachers.

The NUT is opposed to the Government’s initiatives. The Union’s objections to the Ebacc are summarised here. Visit the links on the right of this page to find out more about specific policy issues.

Research undertaken by King's College London, commissioned by the NUT, on the effects of Key Stage 4 changes revealed that:

  • 74% of teachers say that the Ebacc requirements are dramatically narrowing the curriculum
  • 84% worry that excessive pressure of exams is taking its toll on young people's wellbeing and mental health

The NUT is also working with others to challenge current policy and to develop alternatives. It supports the ‘Bac for the Future’ campaign. Find out about its activities and learn more about curriculum issues here.

Curriculum changes at Key Stage 5

Curriculum changes at Key Stage 5

More changes are planned for vocational education as a result of the Government’s Post -16 Skills Plan.

A consultation process is expected to begin before the end of 2016. You can read some initial comments from the NUT.

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