OfQUAL has opened up a consultation on proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021 and has put forward proposals to modify the assessment requirements for some GCSEs, AS and A levels in response to disruption to education caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CLOSING DATE IS 16TH JULY (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/897137/Consultation_on_proposed_changes_to_the_assessment_of_GCSEs__AS_and_A_levels_in_2021_020620.pdf)
I feel sure that colleagues will approve of the the proposed reductions in the requirements in GCSE Music and AS an A Level Music and Music Technology. However it should be noted that there is NO reduction in content for the EBACC subjects and there may be concern that schools could decide to increase curriculum time to these subjects to ensure that the content is covered. Further, schools may choose to withdraw their students from performing arts subjects as another way of ensuring that content in the EBACC curriculum is covered.
Members of this forum may wish to make individual responses direct to the Ofqual consultation and to elect to answer questions on all subjects. Members should make their own decision to comment or not on whether there should be changes to the curriculum content of EBACC subjects. This could be a back door way for Heads to increase catch up time for the EBACC. See what I am saying?