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  • DCHolmes replied on 20 Apr 2017 at 18:56

    As an IT expert, not a teacher (yet), it is gratifying to see the strengthened focus given to literacy. But despite government rhetoric the new, reformed English GCSEs have not taken account of priorities voiced by employers. Employers have prioritised skills in spoken language, now eliminated in the reformed English GCSE. Speaking and listening skills will not be reflected in overall GCSE grades - again, these are skills employers have indicated are highly important for those joining the workforce.

    I have not yet seen a convincing explanation for the decision to ignore important input from employers, while at the same time claiming to be 'keeping pace with the demands of ...employers'!

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