Fran Nantongwe

Creativity can be an alien concept – if you try hard enough

Creative writing projects not only help to boost pupils’ imagination, but also their reading and writing skills. Fran Nantongwe explains why they can be a useful alternative to the endorsed KS3 test materials

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Over the past two years, many schools have been tempted by the glossy key stage 3 test materials that have been produced with the endorsement of GCSE examination boards. These resources usually track GCSE assessment objectives back into Year 7. In English departments, we have often welcomed this approach.

However, my view is that we risk taking KS3 in completely the wrong direction when we put the demands of a high-stakes accountability system ahead of our pupils’ long-term benefit. As Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted, recently lamented, such practice will not “set our ...

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