GCSEs are the latest strand of the education system to be restructured and reformed – both by the Department for Education and by Ofqual (the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England). In June both bodies ran open consultations on their plans. This month they reported on the resulting decisions.
This month we bring you; a reminder of live DfE Consultations, Scotland’s new National Youth Arts Strategy, Arts Council England’s plan for world domination by culture, calls for STEM to change to STEAM, A New Direction’s report on culture and poverty, changes to the Pupil Premium, funding for Primary Dance training and Neil Gaiman’s wonderful call for more reading for pleasure.
Statistics can be your best friend, and your worst enemy. At present they are being used quite freely in the press in an attempt to influence the way people think about the relative value of studying different subjects at GCSE. It is suggested that some subjects have more value than others, that some are “hard” and some are “soft”.
You may remember the many, many consultations on education reform that the government ran over the summer. The responses and resulting policy are now slowly being published; last month we had the new National Curriculum, this month it is the new secondary school performance measures.
This month we bring you a speech that reveals more of the Department for Education’s rationale behind curriculum reform, further consultations on accountability, ideas from America on arts curriculum, support for public sector commissioning, information on our evidence base and news on party conferences, including the Art Party in Scarborough!