Key Stage Three: What is the Point?

Trivium 21c


Boris Karloff Takes a tea break. Is Key Stage Three a tea break, a preparation for GCSE or an educational adventure?

I was chatting to an English teacher the other day who told me that in her previous school they were required to teach Frankenstein at A level, at GCSE, which they taught over three years from year nine, and in year 7 and 8 they were asked to ‘introduce Frankenstein’ though the use of drama. The whole experience at this school and, I accept the teacher might have been exaggerating, seemed to have been set up with exam results in mind rather than the broad education of the pupils.

This got me thinking what is the point of Key Stage Three? Why not go straight into GCSEs? After all that is what the school is being measured against: good GCSE results are a sign of good teaching, a good headteacher and a…

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