ASCL - TES Curriculum Reform Survey, May 2018

Q1 Has the government's reform of GCSEs improved students' understanding and knowledge of these subjects?

 

Percentage

Number of responses

Much improved

5.92%

25

Slightly improved

28.20%

119

Made no difference

44.55%

188

Slightly worse

14.69%

62

Much worse

6.64%

28

Total

 

422

 

Q2 Has the government's reform of A levels improved students' understanding and knowledge of these subjects?

 

Percentage

Number of responses

Much improved

3.34%

10

Slightly improved

 

30.77%

92

Made no difference

50.84%

152

Slightly worse

13.04%

39

Much worse

2.01%

6

Total

 

299

 

Q3 What impact do you think the decoupling of AS and A levels has had on the breadth of post-16 subjects offered to pupils?

 

Percentage 

Number of responses

Narrowed it significantly

56.52%

169

Narrowed it slightly

31.77%

95

Made no difference

9.03%

27

Broadened it slightly

2.01%

6

Broadened it significantly

0.67%

2

Total

 

299

 

Q4 Some heads are concerned that the removal of coursework from GCSEs will disadvantage pupils with SEND. Do you believe this to be true?

 

Percentage 

Number of responses

Yes

73.46%

310

No

13.27%

56

Not sure

13.27%

56

Total

 

 

422

 

Q5 What do you think the overall impact of the GCSE reforms has been for high-ability pupils?

 

Percentage

Number of responses

Positive

26.54%

112

Neutral

41.47%

175

Negative

31.99%

135

Total

 

422

 

Q6 What do you think the overall impact of the GCSE reforms has been for mid-ability pupils?

 

Percentage

Number of responses

Positive

7.11%

30

Neutral

18.96%

80

Negative

73.93%

312

Total

 

422

 

Q7 What do you think the overall impact of the GCSE reforms has been for low-ability pupils?

 

Percentage

Number of responses

Positive

2.37%

10

Neutral

4.50%

19

Negative

93.13%

393

Total

 

422

 

Q8 Did GCSEs need reforming? 

 

Percentage

Number of responses

Yes

42.89%

181

No

53.32%

225

Don't know

3.79%

16

Total

 

422

 

Q9 Did A levels need reforming?

 

Percentage

Number of responses

Yes

22.07%

66

No

74.92%

224

Don't know

3.01%

9

Total

 

299

 

Q10 What post do you hold at your school/college?

 

Percentage 

Number of responses

Executive head/CEO

5.21%

22

Headteacher/Principal

35.78%

151

Deputy Head/Deputy Principal

30.09%

127

Assistant Head/Assistant Principal

25.12%

106

Other

3.79%

16

Total

 

422

 

Q11 What type of school/college do you work in?

 

Percentage 

Number of responses

Academy

59.24%

250

Maintained

18.01%

76

Independent

8.53%

36

Grammar

 

5.21%

22

PRU

0.47%

2

Voluntary-aided/controlled

3.32%

14

Special

0.71%

3

Sixth form college

2.13%

9

FE college

0.71%

3

Other

1.66%

7

Total

 

422