Curriculum coverage fears ahead of GCSE and A level exams

Only 29% of teachers working with pupils due to sit GCSE or A levels this year say they have covered more than 90% of the curriculum content.

Research evidence from the National Education Union (NEU) has revealed concerns about a lack of preparedness ahead of this summer’s exam season because of the disruption to learning caused by the pandemic and on-going problems with pupil and staff absence.

A survey involving around 1,800 NEU members asked them how much of the original curriculum content they thought most of their students will be able to “adequately cover” before GCSE and A level examinations take place.

While 15% said most pupils would cover all of the required content and a further 14% said most pupils would cover 90-99% of the content, a significant number – 25% – believe that two-thirds or less of curriculum content has been adequately covered, including 6% who said that most pupils would cover less than half of the curriculum.

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