Ofsted vs MATs row: New research to assess 3-year GCSEs

According to TES, a new study is to analyse the impact of teaching pupils GCSE content over three years – the subject of an ongoing row between Ofsted and multi-academy trusts.

Today the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) launched the new research, being run by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which aims to find out “whether teaching GCSEs over three years is more effective than teaching them over two”.

In a blog for the inspectorate, Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director for education, stated that the watchdog was not necessarily against three-year GCSE courses, but stressed that schools must offer “their children a broad, rich curriculum”.

It noted that many schools now teach GCSE syllabuses over three years starting in Year 9, prompting concerns that the curriculum is narrowed too early and “means pupils may be less prepared for study at GCSE-level”.

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