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    Introduction To The Curriculum Introduction To The Curriculum Presentation Transcript

    • The Curriculum from 5-14 to CfE Graham Williamson
    • How we used to teach….
      • Discussion with colleagues
      • No curriculum framework
      • Repetition/ overlap possible
      • Little guidance via policy documentation
      • No structure for communication between class teachers
      • No structure for transition from sector to sector
    • Improving the curriculum
      • 1987-1990: Series of consultation/working Papers
      • Clearer definition of the content & objectives of the curriculum
      • Establish satisfactory assessment policies
      • Better communication within schools/ between schools and parents
        • Better reporting on pupils’ progress
    • 5-14 Curriculum introduced (1991) http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/5to14/guidelines/index.asp
      • Broad curricular areas
        • Mathematics
        • English Language
        • Environmental Studies
        • Expressive Arts
        • Religious & Moral Education
        • Personal & Social Education
      • Other documents address:
        • Assessment
        • Reporting
        • Structure & Balance of the Curriculum
        • 1998: 5-14 Review
        • Environmental Studies rewritten
        • ICT given own document
        • Guide for teachers and managers, focusing on ‘how’
    • Aims of 5-14
      • Dispositions
        • A commitment to learning
        • A respect and care for self and others
        • A sense of social responsibility
        • A sense of belonging and ownership
      • Core skills/capabilities
        • Personal & interpersonal skills
        • Language & communication skills
        • Numeracy skills
        • ICT skills
        • Problem-solving skills
        • Learning and thinking skills
    • Principles of 5-14
      • Breadth
      • Coherence
      • Progression Continuity
      • Balance
    • 5-14 Guidelines
      • … not a National Curriculum
      • … .structure ?
        • Mathematics 5-14 (1991)
        • Section 1: Rationale
        • Section 2: Attainment Outcomes & Targets
        • Section 3: Programmes of Study
        • Section 4: Catering for the needs of
        • individual pupils
    • Overall view of 5-14
      • Advantages
        • 5 principles enhance curriculum
        • Detailed planning
        • Support for all learners
        • Wider range of methodology
        • Improved communication
      • Disadvantages
        • Curriculum too wide: depth of learning may suffer
        • Curriculum too prescriptive: lack of time and freedom
        • Programme too analytical
    • A Curriculum for Excellence: Why change?
      • Outcomes of the National debate
      • A curriculum appropriate for the 21st Century
      • A curriculum that is a single framework for 3 -18 with assessment fit for purpose
    • CfE purposes: to enable young people to develop their capacities as…..
      • Successful learners
      • Effective contributors
      • Responsible citizens
      • Confident individuals
      • make the curriculum simpler and more flexible;
      • improve transitions;
      • increase relevance
    • CfE principles: how have we moved on ?
      • Challenge+ enjoyment: emphasis on high expectations; active learning
      • Personalisation+choice: Recognition of personal
      • achievement, PLP; choice
      • Coherence: making links across curriculum; avoiding
      • artificial distinctions and boundaries
      • “ How…?” AIFL strategies – classroom interaction,
      • observation and formative assessment
      • Broad levels Early(p1); Level 1(P4); level 2(p7);
      • level 3 & 4(S1 -S3)
    • CfE: how will it be implemented ?
      • …… not “top-down”….so what is it then ?
      • … ..”like AifL” …. How ?
      • How to achieve engagement ?
      • How to avoid giving false assurance ?
      • How to ensure ACfE is about learning not assessment ?
    • CfE follow up
      • Information at: http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence/index.asp
      • Illustration at: http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/journeytoexcellence/index.asp
      • Suggestions in 5-14 Programmes of study: http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/5to14/htmlunrevisedguidelines/Pages/englang/main/elng3020.htm
    • A note of caution