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Gove made 'real mistake' over GCSE English syllabus

Michael Gove has made a "real mistake" in asking GCSE exam boards to remove US literary classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men from the English Literature syllabus, the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) has said.

Bethan Marshall, chair of NATE, told the Today programme that the education secretary should not interfere in the exam boards' decisions at all.

But Claire Fox, director of the Institute of Ideas, described GCSE English Literature teaching as "narrow", highlighting that 90% of students had studied Of Mice and Men.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 26 May.

  • 26 May 2014