Maths and further maths have been put back a year to 2017, while chemistry and English literature syllabuses, due to be taught from 2105 have yet to be given the green-light by Ofqual. With continued doubts about the new GCSEs also due to begin in 2015 , Michael Gove’s draconian examinations remain precarious even if Nicky Morgan appears to have been instructed to rubber stamp them.
Telling members that schools and colleges were ‘magnificently rising to the challenge’ Morgan received a grilling at the Parliamentary Sub-Committee earlier this month on the timing, but also about the design of the new qualifications.
While schools and colleges, even private sector headteachers, continue to be concerned about the pressures on schools in implementing another new set of changes, it’s vital that campaigners, practitioners and teacher unions continue to question and campaign against the archaic educational principles behind the reforms, which as Radicaled has continued to argue, are designed to halt rising success rates as labour market opportunities for young people continue to decline.
As the NUT’s Manifesto for Education outlines, we need a wider vision of learning and achievement.