The DFE Minister for School Reform, Nick Gibb MP, has published therevised content for GCSE Citizenship Studies today (12 February 2015).
The new content will be used by the three awarding organisations AQA, Edexcel and OCR as they prepare new GCSE specifications for first teaching in 2016. GCSE Citizenship Studies is one of the subjects that can count towards the new progress 8 performance table measure.
ACT council met last weekend to discuss the consultation proposals from the DFE and Ofqual for revised GCSEs in Citizenship Studies. We have agreed to run a survey seeking your feedback to help guide how ACT should respond.
On Wednesday September 25th 2014 both the DfE and Ofqual launched their consultations on proposed GCSE reforms for examinations to be taught from 2016. The consultations include proposals for revisions to GCSEs in Citizenship Studies.
It can be very challenging to explain to colleagues and others what Citizenship is all about. In fact some head teachers and subject colleagues still believe that Citizenship was axed in the curriculum review. It was not. Citizenship is part of the KS3 and 4 national curriculum and the GCSE remains, as does the A Level. In order to help with clarity, ACT has produced some new style posters that can be downloaded and displayed in the classroom or staff room or used at governors meetings.
Yesterday, ACT and the Citizenship Foundation attended a meeting with the DFE, Ofqual and Awarding organisations to discuss updating the GCSEs for Citizenship Studies. The meeting was to begin the process of reviewing the subject criteria which are used by Ofqual to ensure the quality and rigour of new qualifications developed by AQA, Edexcel and OCR.
The meeting involved a constructive discussion of the relationship between the new key stage 4 statutory programme of study for Citizenship (which takes effect from September 2014) and updated GCSE qualifications for the subject.
GCSE results out today (22 August 2013) show a continued shift from the short course to the full course for GCSE Citizenship Studies. This is in line with other subjects and reflects recent changes by the DFE to school performance tables which will now only report results for full course GCSEs.