NC consultation deadline only 1 week away. Need to encourage enormous public & professional response.
Question 4: Does the content set out in the draft programmes of study represent a sufficiently ambitious level of challenge for pupils at each key stage?.
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I’ve been pondering the necessity of a National Curriculum document since it seems that the GCSE syllabi take precedence.
A NC inevitably frames/contains what’s needed to be taught and learnt. And it seems to me that every revision of the document has reduced its scope. To give them credit, I do think the authors of the current document are attempting to leave some space for ‘teaching’, but I worry that that just reduces the scope still further. On the other hand, a NC ensures parity across the [maintained] schools in land, and perhaps all schools should be subject to a comprehensive document.
I’ve come to the conclusion that what really needs to happen is for teachers, lecturers and professors to come together, and decide a) what needs to be in a document and b) what level each bit of knowledge or skill is appropriate for. [This iteration of the NC, for the first time to my knowledge, puts a definite political edge on the information needed to create “educated citizens”]. And then this needs to become the syllabus that exam boards use, instead of them developing their own.
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