Faculties chief warns of ‘spiral of decline’ in English Literature A-levels

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he variety of youngsters taking English literature A-levels has dropped dramatically as a result of Authorities reforms have made the topic a “grind”, a faculties chief has warned.

College students are being delay as a result of they must be taught by coronary heart chunks of “conventional” books, in accordance with Geoff Barton, head of the Affiliation of College and School Leaders, as he referred to as for pressing motion to cease the “spiral of decline”.

Slightly below 33,000 college students took English literature A-levels this yr, a drop of 8.9 per cent on final yr. In 2017, greater than 42,000 college students took them. College students will choose up their outcomes tomorrow after taking exams for the primary time for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

Entries for the mixed A-level in English language and literature additionally dipped to beneath 7,000 this yr, a drop of 5 per cent.

The autumn in A-level entries has been blamed on modifications to GCSE English in 2017 which noticed the spoken evaluation part eliminated and higher emphasis on nineteenth century texts moderately than trendy fiction.

Mr Barton stated the Authorities reforms to GCSE English literature are “placing college students off the topic due to the grind of memorising massive quantities of conventional texts”.

Newest figures present an increase in pupils taking psychology and sociology A-levels and general A-level entries are up 4 per cent. Round 1,000 college students will choose up new T-level outcomes, equal to 3 A-levels.

The Division for Training stated the English language and literature reforms will “higher put together” pupils for additional examine and jobs.


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