English A-level suffers collapse in student numbers as teachers blame tougher GCSEs

English A-level is set for its biggest drop in students in 20 years as headteachers call for an inquiry into whether GCSE reforms are killing the subject. The Telegraph reports.

The number of students taking the subject has plummeted by 13 per cent since last year, according to provisional data published by the exams watchdog Ofqual.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, described it as “alarming” and urged ministers to take “urgent action”.

Professor Robert Eaglestone, a member of the English Association which promotes the study of literature, said that academics were “anxious” about the subject’s decline.  

“The key figure is almost every year 14.5 per cent of A-level English students go on to do English at university. Previous ministers have been very down on humanities and we think there is a turn to Stem subjects.”

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A teacher union is reporting that the GCSE English has become a  “joyless slog”, does it need an overhaul? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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