Making poetry optional in GCSE English literature is out of tune with the times

Ofqual, the exams authority, has announced that next year schools won’t have to do all the components of English literature GCSE. Students must answer on Shakespeare, but can choose two out of three from the 19th-century novel, a modern drama or novel, and poetry, as represented by a themed anthology. So, for the first time since the inception of GCSE and indeed any other exam in the short history of English literature, poetry is an option.


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