GCSE study preparation can start from Reception

Teachers in Year 7 have little idea of what their new arrivals have learned owing to a lack of collaboration with primary schools, warns Emily Maule. She reveals what she discovered when, as director of humanities at an all-through school, she sequenced the curriculum from Reception to Year 13

How to set up pupils up for GCSE from reception

It is a sad reality that key stage 3 teachers often have to assume “no knowledge” of the pupils who arrive in Year 7. Sometimes this is simply owing to a lack of cohesion and collaboration between secondary schools and their feeder schools, leaving secondary teachers unaware of what has been taught and, therefore, unable to harness that knowledge.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the geography classroom, the assumption of “no knowledge” is sometimes the reality as, for a variety of reasons, geography is not taught with adequate rigour at KS1 and KS2. This reflects a failing in our education ...

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