‘I worry that GCSE and A-level reforms will deter students from pursuing English literature’

One student of English, who left secondary school just before the recent reforms to GCSEs and A levels were introduced, reflects on what the changes might mean for those who follow in her footsteps.


When I left sixth-form, my English teacher joked to me that I’d “escaped just in time”. It was June 2015 and a whole raft of changes to GCSEs and A levels were about to take hold.


I am now embarking on the final year of my English degree and, although I am indeed no longer subject to the constantly mutating exam structures and curricula of the state school system, I can’t help but feel burdened by the recent reforms to GCSEs and A levels, and anxious about the future of English literature as a subject.


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