GCSE English Literature students should be allowed anthologys in the exam
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With the new English Literature GCSE focusing on a student's analytical skills of a Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, a 20th-century prose and an anthology containing 15 poems; just having the poetry anthology would benefit everyone; teachers and students. Not only has this new GCSE been rushed into, with teachers receiving inadequate teaching in what will score the top grades, there is simply too much for a single student to learn; alongside 7-12 GCSEs.
Recently, there was a petition to allow all texts to be allowed as the exams shouldn't be based on memory; but of interpretation of the given texts. This was refused as it has been made acceptable to paraphrase. However, there is still a lot to learn; with 15 poems being the main cause of concern.
It's not as if a student's on-the-spot analytical skills are not tested as there still remains the unseen poetry section. With having to learn the form, structure, language, techniques, themes and a lot of other factors for each individual poem, along with quotes, it is a bit ridiculous.
I am not asking for every text to be allowed, just the anthology; to take a little bit of weight from the shoulders of 15-to-16-year-olds who will be the future of the country.
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