He is right to lament the development of GCSE as a purely modern course. One of the causes has been the lack of flexibility over key stage 3 content. However, his proposal that more marks be allotted to coursework must ring alarm bells for many teachers. This idea seems good on paper, but will not impress teachers for whom GCSE coursework signals endless weeks of chasing pupils as deadlines come and go, marking and remarking the same pieces of work as drafts are handed in (or not), offering advice which many pupils ignore, and dragging many pupils reluctantly to produce work of doubtful quality, or even of doubtful origin.
It is high time that coursework at GCSE was given another airing.
Mrs A Denton 2 Vanbrugh Close Rogerstone, Newport