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In this age of fake news, GCSE English is our line of defence

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Does a GCSE in English language equip a child today for the way that language is being used and where they will really encounter it? No.

Usually, 50 per cent of an English GCSE examination rewards writing. After studying the assessment objectives for various boards, I found myself questioning the educational value of the writing tasks.

Pupils are asked to write news articles, speeches or stories, or are even just instructed to “write about” something. One exam board offers them images, presumably as some kind of inspiration or, dare I snowflake it, trigger.

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