Are pupils being failed during early stages of secondary school teaching?
Ofsted have released a report suggesting children in the early stages of secondary school are being given less of a priority compared to GCSE and A level students. They found that students who are just joining secondary school are often keen to learn, but they begin to stall because older children are given priority.
The Association of School and College Leaders, general secretary, Brian Lightman said: "Schools have no choice but to focus more of their resources in this direction, while balancing this demand against the need to give 11 to 14-year-olds a good foundation at secondary level."
The new Ofsted report - Key Stage 3: The wasted years? – questions whether children are being given a good enough start to progress in secondary school.
Chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, singled out lessons in modern foreign languages, history and geography as failing to encourage enthusiasm and confidence in students. He believes this is a major factor into why so few carry on the subjects at GCSE level.
Russell Hobby, National Association of Head Teachers general secretary said; "Too often in the past, Ofsted has focused on the current year's exam results rather than investments in areas like Key Stage 3 which would only show up in years to come,"
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