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A Science curriculum that counts

Every child has the right to a brilliant science education. How can we overcome the challenges undermining the science curriculum?

Primary school teachers go above and beyond to give their children the best

If the recent media coverage of the new primary school assessment and testing arrangements are anything to go by you would think that primary schools are pretty horrible places to be right now.

Gardening on the curriculum

On Friday afternoon I had the pleasure of visiting Grassmoor Primary School in Chesterfield and I wanted to share some of what I saw.

Control + Delete: Why the government shouldn't get rid of ICT

The Department for Education (DfE) recently sneaked out an announcement (hidden in a consultation), that GCSE and A level ICT will be axed.

Put students at the heart of the curriculum, not political ideologies

Stanley Park High recently hosted a visit for ATL members. In my last blog, I explained about their Excellent Futures Curriculum, and the pupil-led graduation ceremony that we observed.

Soft skills are on the curriculum at Stanley Park High

Every week we see headlines decrying the crisis of skills teaching in our schools, the gist: our schools fail to prepare our children for the world of work. John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said recently: “Businesses feel very strongly that the education system must better prepare young people for life outside the school gates, or risk wasting their talents.

One Size Does Not Fit All, Conquering the KS3 Cliff Edge

For many children in this country starting secondary school can be a pivotal moment. The TES recently reported the following: “A range of studies over the past 20 years has shown that about two out of five pupils fail to make progress on standardised tests of English, mathematics and reading by the end of their first year in secondary school.”

Allowing students to find their passion changes everything

Ken Robinson, one of the most influential and inspiring voices in education, entitled his 2009 book ‘The Element: how finding your passion changes everything’.

Stating the obvious, or the importance of aims and values

The Curriculum is more than simply facts and figures arranged into subjects; as Dylan William has stated “The National Curriculum is the intended curriculum which then gives rise to the implemented curriculum. Neither are the real or enacted curriculum, the daily lived experience of young people in classrooms; curriculum is pedagogy.”

Igniting a passion for learning

The mood at Stanley Park High is a happy one, in which all students and staff are united in joint purpose – learning. The students were engaged in their lessons and moved around the school in a calm yet purposeful manner. They are proud of their work, keen to do well and have true respect for their teachers.