Pupils forced to make GCSE choices in Year 7

At one school in Shropshire, pupils have to submit their choices in the Easter term of Year 7, so they can start studying their GCSE subjects in Year 8. Tes reports.

Ofsted’s national director for education, Sean Harford, said the approach was “depressing” and might prevent pupils getting a broad and balanced curriculum.

Tes has obtained a GCSE options presentation for Thomas Telford School. The slideshow informs parents that “Year 7, 8 and 9 are recognised as the ‘lost years’” and that “Year 10 and 11 are too short to study GCSEs”.

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, suggested that the high-stakes accountability system surrounding exam results might be driving schools to start preparing their pupils for GCSEs at an earlier stage.

“This may well be a sign of the pressure on some schools who feel that accountability is weighing far more heavily than it ought to.”

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