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No coursework in OFQUAL's proposals for new history GCSE

Just thought I’d alert you to what is afoot at OFQUAL . Today, when announcing changes to Eng and Maths etc they revealed their proposals which will go to consultation. Predictably they went for no tiers, as now, but advocated 100% coursework. If you want to see their flimsy reasoning here it is.

Tiering
GCSE history is [...]

Yet another version of OFSTED criteria for outstanding teaching now applies

I can’t be the only person who thinks that OFSTED must be pretty clueless if they need, yet again!, to modify the criteria and have another go at getting them right. The teachers they observe do not have that luxury! Of course, none of us are naive enough to assume that the latest criteria are [...]