Don Skooling: The story of the teaching of English over the last twenty years is one in which coherency and common sense have lost out to the monolithic pressures of assessment.
Having taught in comprehensive schools throughout South Yorkshire, I left teaching in 2002 to work for a local authority. I became an independent consultant in 2007. My experiences over the last ten years or so have sadly confirmed my headline to this story: an assessment-driven curriculum has distorted the teaching of English in secondary schools. How has it done this? ... read more and comment →
Latest comment by JimC: "We're not talking about grade inflation we were talking about schools gaming the system. In many schools I know of specialist subject curriculum time has been slashed and to fill timetables some teachers now deliver an ICT course (100% coursework) ......"Comment + Debate