Here are some lists. What have I missed?
Some reasons people don't like the new GCSE RS specs:
- Perceived 'dullness'
- Too much religion
- Not philosophy and ethics focussed
- Too hard
- Not relevant to my students
- Just don't like it
- "It's killing RE"
Some reasons why people were never going to be happy regardless:
- People don't like change (and teachers especially don't like change)
- Old lessons need to be binned and replanned from scratch - costing time (something no one has in abundance)
- Experts in exam questions and mark schemes are no longer experts
- The vast array of resources available via TES, YouTube etc are no longer relevant
Some reasons teachers need to get on with it:
- They are not going to change, probably for around 10 years
- It is a primary responsibility of the teacher to make content interesting, engaging and relevant
- We are not alone - other subjects are not happy either - but every teacher will have a different view and there is probably little consensus anyway
- Resources will come
- Familiarity with the spec, questions and mark schemes will also come
- If it is an option choice, your potential future cohorts depend on it
- Students are not stupid, they pick up on a teacher's attitude to a topic. It's even worse when teachers vocalise it...
Reasons the old specs had to go:
- Not enough actual content of religion and belief
- Too much value placed on unjustified opinion
- Agendas such Community Cohesion given too higher priority
- It could be taught in half the time of other GCSEs
Reasons previous exam reforms didn't have as much negativity:
- No social media
Some things I really like:
- 12 mark evaluation questions
- A body of 'core knowledge' for KS4 (DfE Annexe)
- More indepth theology
- Greater use of scholars and text
Somethings that could have been better:
- More time at every stage of the process
Some things we as an RE community could do:
- Stay positive - if we don't fight our corner who else will
- Share and collaborate - add to Google Drive, upload to TES, write for publishers, host planning meetings...
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