The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0400 Monday, 14 July 2008
Date: Monday, July 14, 2008
Subject: Scrapping Final Shakespeare Examination?
Shakespeare formal exam 'could be scrapped'
14 July 2008
Pupils may longer have to sit a formal exam on the work of Shakespeare,
following the trialling of a new curriculum.
Key stage three students at around 400 schools in England will be assessed on
the basis of performances and essays.
Teachers would grade them based on their understanding of the plays as part of
the pilot of the new style of Sats.
The proposed scrapping of tests on the playwright's work comes after the
government announced that Shakespeare will be taught to children as young as five.
And the plans have faced criticism from Shadow Secretary of State for Children,
Schools and Families, Michael Gove MP, who accused Labour of 'politically
'The father of English literature is being downgraded yet again,' he added.
When announcing the new Shakespeare initiative last week, the government said
that a new support package called _Shakespeare for All Ages and Stages_ will be
sent to schools throughout England.
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