Thousands sign petition against abolition of creative writing A-level

The TES is reporting that thousands of teachers and students have signed a petition calling on the government to reverse a decision to scrap AS and A-levels in creative writing.

The Department for Education announced last week that the qualification would be axed from 2017, just four years after it was first introduced for teaching in 2013.

The department has argued that the subject overlaps with English language and English literature, is not required by universities for degree courses in creative writing and is studied by a relatively small number of pupils.  

But teachers and students have said the subject is “rigorous and challenging” and helps develop students’ creative thinking and critical reading skills, which they argue are “highly valued by employers”.

An online petition against the move has attracted more than 3,200 signatures

The creative writing qualification was originally spared the cull in May, but a DfE report published this month said it had “not been possible” to draft subject content that met Ofqual’s principles. It said AS and A-levels in health and social care had been axed for the same reason…

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  1. LearntSchool

    SchoolsImprove Student will sign stuff – low commitment. How many have courage to write & connect with writers? That’s what’s real. L

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