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Teaching unions give evidence to Lords inquiry into secondary education system

Tuesday 23 May

The House of Lords Education for 11 - 16 Year Olds Committee will continue its inquiry into the challenges and opportunities faced by the secondary education system in England, by hearing about the curriculum, assessment and the school accountability system from teaching union representatives.

The session can be followed live on Parliament TV or in person in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster on Thursday 25 May from 11.15am.

Giving evidence will be:

  • Dr Mary Bousted, General Security, National Education Union
  • Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist, Association of School and College Leaders

Questions the committee are likely to ask include:

  • How do the EBacc and Progress 8 affect pupils, teachers, and school leaders in practice and what reforms, if any, would you recommend to them?
  • What would be the impact on teachers and schools of reintroducing non-exam assessments, such as written coursework or oral presentations, to a wider range of GCSE subjects?
  • What changes would you prioritise making to assessment at key stage 4?
  • Does the current 11-16 system support all pupils to develop essential literacy, numeracy and digital skills? If not, what changes could be made to the curriculum, assessment, and the accountability system to improve this?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of making the national curriculum compulsory for all state schools at key stage 3?
  • Would reducing the amount of content covered, and allowing more flexibility in what is taught, in the key stage 3 and 4 curriculum be welcomed by schools and teachers?

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