Magazine article English Drama Media

The New GCSEs

Magazine article English Drama Media

The New GCSEs

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The final feature article in this edition looks at the new criteria for GCSE English, published recently, which will underpin the new specifications that will be taught from September 2010 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Somewhat controversially, the new arrangements introduce a third GCSE in English--to be known as GCSE English Language--set in a framework that will see students taking either GCSE English alone or both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. The concern about the relative roles of literature and film in English expressed in some of the articles about media in this EDM resonates in relation to the problematic division in English between 'English'. 'English Language' and 'English Literature', and these new criteria do little to suggest a more coherent way forward for English. Whilst it is anticipated that some of the less sensible attributes of current specifications (such as the 32 poems of the anthology) will be ameliorated in the new specs (to be published later this year), there will undoubtedly new issues to be wrestled with, as Simon Gibbons (NATE Vice-Chair) and Keith Davidson (Committee for Language in Education) suggest.

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