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There are lots of useful tools that can help you when you come to planning your approach to curriculum.
Primary Curriculum 2014
Professor Dylan Wiliam
A research perspective: NFER
World Class Curriculum
The National College for Teaching and Leadership have produced a website for Headteachers and senior leaders to help support the development of the curriculum.
There are resources available to help you reflect on your current curriculum, develop a new framework and tools to help organise the curriculum in your school. There are also interviews with Headteachers about the leadership challenges around the curriculum.
Michael Tidd, a teacher from West Sussex, has created this curriculum website. Michael leads KS2 and has a particular interest in primary curriculum and assessment. The website contains lots of useful information, including:
The content from the new Programmes of Study have been clearly set out by year group.
Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Education Assessment at the Institute of Education in London. He has written about how the Curriculum should be:
You find out more here about his work with the SSAT on approaches to redesigning the curriculum.
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is an independent provider of research services for education. Many commercial providers are offering support and tools to schools to help them prepare for the new National Curriculum, but NFER draws upon independent evidence from the education sector in its work.
They have produced a set of guides on the 2014 National Curriculum – which compare the new and old requirements, identify what is expected in each year, and provides advice for subject leaders on how to prepare for 2014. These guides can be purchased here.
The Curriculum Foundation advocates the ‘World Class Curriculum’ which will take national and international requirements and put them in a local setting, making learning ‘real, exciting and inspirational’.
The World Class Curriculum is defined by principles rather than set content. They have produced toolkits to help guide schools through the process of developing a curriculum, but the ten principles of this approach are freely available to download here.
They have also produced a handy list of fundamental questions to help prompt discussions around the curriculum:
If you’re interested in reading more, there are a few other publications that we found useful when we were producing this website.
The National Education Trust book: Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum – a collection of short essays many written by Headteachers reflecting on implementing the new curriculum.
ATL’s book Subject to Change: new thinking on the curriculum which was published back in 2007 but clearly sets out ATL’s thinking on the curriculum from the perspective of teachers.
Professor Andrew Pollard’s 4th edition of Reflective Teaching in Schools has a chapter on the Curriculum covering his views on the elements of learning, approaches to the curriculum, and subject knowledge. He encourages a focus on the school curriculum where there is scope for creativity, adaption and extension.
Pearson’s report Subject to Change: should primary schools structure learning around subjects or themes? Explores the debate between subject based teaching and thematic approaches, drawing on case studies from different schools.
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