Letters extra: pupil's view of new curriculum

4th May 2001 at 01:00

Curriculum 2000 has been a shambles even before day one. There were presentations and consultations at my secondary school, but no one really knew what was happening, and I don't believe it was the staff's fault.

I took five subjects. Due to my choices, I was told I would be exempt from key skills, so I would have the time. Wrong. Five subjects is possibly too much for all but the brightest students.

Of course, I still have to do the portfolio for the key skills. That wasn't what I was told. The portfolio was supposed to be "easy" and "tie in with my subjects." Except it doesn't. I have to spend time adapting work, and in the case of application of number, do my own project. Why? I'm taking A-level maths, yet I still have to be involved with this pointless scheme.

Key skills is not respected by students nor, it seems, universities. It doesn't appear to have any valid purpose; it's just another stick with which to beat us with. Yet I'm doing it, because I believe I will be disadvantaged if I don't have it on my UCAS application. I feel let down. Education is not about making pupils guinea pigs.nbsp;

Chris Lewis (17)
Taunton, Somerset

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today