GCSE French, the Michaela way


There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the new GCSE specifications in languages. In preparation for resourcing our Key Stage 4 curriculum, and tightening up KS3, I’ve spent a (quite enjoyable) few weeks reading blogs and articles about how teachers are planning to address the gap left by controlled assessment, prepare pupils for new kinds of reading and listening tasks and, most crucially, build up their writing and speaking capabilities in order that they can tackle the new exam. My colleagues and I have also analysed candidate materials produced by frontier cohorts, another fascinating exercise in benchmarking where our pupils are relative to those against whom they will be competing for those top grades.

As you can find out at our Michaela Mistakes event on June 17,  we do change our minds about a great number of things all the time, and change what we do in order to reflect…

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