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Our youth officer is Patrick Green. He will be addressing issues that effect the young people of the borough.

This is Patrick’s experience of the issues that are effecting the education sector:

My year is the first to sit the new GCSEs in Maths and English, and the last to sit the old GCSEs in every other subject. Due to the chaotic nature of the reforms, my year had been left with a year and a half to learn three-year courses in English and Maths. Coursework has been scrapped despite offering perhaps the closest experience of the working world possible to students, replaced with exams that are more about memorising quotes and equations, rather than actual analytical, linguistic and mathematical ability. This, combined with damaging cuts that limit our resources, has left students and teachers disillusioned and demoralised.

The result of this has been dire. Student street has visibly risen to a point where Insomnia is affecting the vast majority of students in my year, myself included. We have not yet learnt the whole Maths course – our first Maths GCSE exams will be in less than a month – and schools, such as my own, have asked parents for help with funding resources. No surprise then, that the national average for the Maths mock exams was 25-30% – a fail, under the old system. The inclusion of what was once A level content is setting up pupils like myself, who do not intend on taking Maths A levels, for failure.

Teachers are not to blame for any of this – they warned this would happen in the first place. If you want to point the finger of blame at anyone, point it at the Tory Government, that has let students down incredibly.

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