GCSE entries show bleak state of curriculum

15 June 2017

Commenting on the publication today of provisional figures for the number of entries to GCSEs, AS and A levels in England, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“These figures show the increasingly bleak state of the curriculum. Severe funding pressures, and an accountability system which forces schools to focus on a narrower range of subjects, have meant they have had no choice but to cut course options. As a result GCSE entries have fallen in a number of creative subjects, such as art and design, drama, and music, as well as in design and technology. We are also extremely concerned about the decline in entries in modern foreign languages.

“Our education system has long been characterised by its richness and diversity. We can now clearly see that this is being squeezed out by the effect of the accountability system and government underfunding of education. We need to preserve a broad and varied curriculum which engages all young people and equips them with the wide range of skills we need in a global economy.

“The government must address this situation and reverse the real-term cuts in education funding.”