Ofsted: Teaching to the test hits GCSE resit grades

According to TES, colleges teaching to the test have been a contributing factor behind low GCSE grades in English and maths resits, an Ofsted director has said.

When asked about the English and maths resits policy at the launch of Ofsted’s annual report yesterday, national director for education Sean Harford hit out at classes that “are focusing on the exam questions in the first week, as opposed to actually teaching young people the English and maths they need”.

Students who experience a broad curriculum in the early years of their education are more likely to succeed at GCSE later on, Mr Harford said, adding that curriculum is “as important post-16” as it is in schools.

Read full article here Ofsted: Teaching to the test hits GCSE resit grades

Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Emma

Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or  just someone who cares about education and has something to get off  your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.

We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!


Universities in the UK are slammed after new figures reveal there are no black academics in leadership roles
Gap between rich and poor university students ‘remains stark’ as little evidence shows interventions work
Categories: Data, DfE, Exams, Learning and Ofsted.

Let us know what you think...