Letter to Ofqual regarding flawed GCSE English Literature specifications, Ofqual’s reply and some thoughts on this

  An Open Letter to Glenys Stacey, CEO, Ofqual Re. 2015 GCSE English Literature Specification I write to express my deep misgivings about the new GCSE English Literature and in particular the method of assessment, which was not subject to DfE consultation. Having gauged strength of feeling by way of an HM Government Epetition, IContinue reading “Letter to Ofqual regarding flawed GCSE English Literature specifications, Ofqual’s reply and some thoughts on this”

Please @TristramHuntMP, save GCSE English Literature

Dear Tristram I know you’re unhappy about the waste of public money on Free Schools and, I agree, that whole thing’s been a farce. Unqualified teachers are another concern, of course. But you must understand that our clients, the nation’s young people, don’t care about these things. If an unqualified teacher is doing a greatContinue reading “Please @TristramHuntMP, save GCSE English Literature”

Research shows half of poor readers receive no support at secondary school

Having just read Vision for Literacy, 2025, I feel compelled to share a thought about why struggling readers are not being adequately supported during the secondary phase. A couple of years ago, Margaret Snowling’s team at York University published a study which highlights the scale of this problem: The Rate and Identification of Reading DifficultiesContinue reading “Research shows half of poor readers receive no support at secondary school”