Teachers are increasingly worried that exam pressure is forcing schools to offer a limited, bare-bones education, as they start prepping pupils at an ever younger age, says our new study.
According to research we commissioned with YouGov, two-thirds of teachers (65 per cent) say parents should be worried about students being moved on to a so-called ‘GCSE flight path’ too early, with almost as many parents (61 per cent) agreeing. Some schools have admitted teaching GCSEs from Y7.
In this webinar, Stephen Tierney of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust and Hilary Fine from GL Assessment explain the consequences that teaching a more restrictive curriculum at the end of KS2 and start of KS3 can have on student behaviour, wellbeing and academic performance. The conversation includes particular focus on the impact that squeezing subjects like Science, Geography, History, Religious Education and the Arts can have on disadvantaged communities.
Stephen and Hilary also discuss the evidence which suggests that when students are offered a broader curriculum that develops their love of learning, both reading ability and wider academic performance is increased.
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