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English GCSE concerns.

English GCSE concerns.

Teachers are voicing concerns over the long-term impact of  “torturous” new English GCSEs, amid fears that there will be a downturn in student uptake at A-Level.

Pupils have not enjoyed the “narrowed” curriculum, teaching unions claim, because the curriculum for English Language and Literature is now 100 per cent exam-based. 

Speaking to The Telegraph, Kevin Courtney, the General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “It is a cause for great concern that English, one of our most creative and culturally important subjects, is becoming for many GCSE students a tortuous and unrewarding experience.

“Large numbers of students are finding it difficult to come to terms with a system biased too heavily towards terminal exams, and which values rapid reading and rote learning above deeper understanding.”

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