chapter  5
Media education and English in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4: Jenny Grahame
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Since its inception in the late 1980s, few aspects of the National Curriculum for England and Wales have been as contentiously debated or as politically sensitive as the English curriculum for Key Stage 3 and 4 students. This strategically important transitional phase between primary education and the formalised assessment of the GCSE courses has suffered collateral damage from the consistent intervention of successive governments, from the ‘Back to Basics’ campaigns of the early ‘90s and subsequent brutal curriculum revisions, through the introduction, critiques and ultimate acceptance of SATs, the New Labour Literacy Strategy and Framework years, to the recent opening up of the Revised ‘Big Picture’ National Curriculum in 2007.