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Action needed to ‘stop spiral of decline’ in English literature A-level

Action needed to ‘stop spiral of decline’ in English literature A-level
The number of entries for English literature A-level in England has dropped 15% tussen 2017 en 2021.

Urgent action is needed to “stop the spiral of decline” in the popularity of Engels literature at A-level, a headteachers’ union has warned.

It should be a “living, breathing subject which inspires and empowers young people”, die Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) gesê, as it lamented the continued drop in entries.

The number of entries for English literature A-level in Engeland has fallen from 42,246 in 2017, when the current syllabus was introduced, aan 35,977 in 2021 – a drop of 15%.

They are predicted to fall even further this year to just below 33,000 – an 8.9% year-on-year change, according to provisional figures from Ofqual.

There has been an even steeper drop for entries in English language A-level, af 32% van 20,641 in 2017 aan 14,121 in 2021 – although Ofqual expects entries to have levelled off this year at just above 14,000.

Entries for the combined A-level in English language and literature tumbled 30% van 10,250 in 2017 aan 7,158 in 2021, and could dip below 7,000 hierdie jaar.

Geoff Barton, hoofsekretaris van die Vereniging van skool- en kollegeleiers, het die toename in belangstelling in ander vakke verwelkom, but said he had “severe concern” about English Letterkunde, regeringshervormings aan GCSE te blameer omdat hulle studente “uitgestel het” om dit na A-vlak voort te sit.

Hy het gesê: “A-level entries are up 4.2% this year – partly because of the increase in the 18-year-old cohort – and it is great to see subjects such as psychology and sociology doing so well with big rises of 11.6% en 9.5% onderskeidelik.

“Maar, we have to express severe concern about the continuing decline in English entries at A-level with English Literature down 8.9% hierdie jaar.

“It should be perfectly clear to the Government that its reforms to GCSE English Literature are obviously putting students off the subject because of the grind of memorising large amounts of traditional texts.

“Letterkunde is nie net 'n belangrike deel van ons kulturele verlede nie, maar van ons diverse kulturele hede, en dit moet 'n lewe wees, asemhalingsvak wat jongmense inspireer en bemagtig.

"Die GCSE-spesifikasie moet dringend hersien word en aksie moet geneem word om die spiraal van agteruitgang wat ons op A-vlak sien te stop."

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: “English Literature remains a popular subject and the National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils appreciate our rich literary heritage.

“We have reformed GCSE and A-level in English Language and Literature to be more rigorous and better prepare pupils for further study and employment.”