Key Stage 3 Religious Education is largely unregulated, just like most other Key Stage 3 subjects. I obviously don’t mean internally, or by SLT, or by Ofsted, but since the removal of Year 9 SATs (which only concerned a small number of subjects), the first external examination of a child’s achievement in secondary school comes 5 years in, as a GCSE.
The new GCSE specs, across the board, are more rigorous, academic, challenging and content filled. I think this, in the main, is a good thing. However it poses some serious questions for teachers and schools. When do we start the GCSE course?
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