Delivering the new national
curriculum
BETT Leaders Summit, 23 January
Jim Magee, Assistant Director, DfE
1
Aims
To discuss the three strands of the government’s approach to
delivery within a school-led system:
 system leadership...
Overall approach
“…But what really matters is that this is a new approach to
education, one that gives head teachers and s...
Recap on the review
 new national curriculum sees government setting
out the ‘what’ (at a high level) – making sure that
...
1. System leadership
 Moving to a school-led system a key feature of the
government’s policy – less well reported
 real ...
 announced £2m to help teaching schools to support
schools in their alliance and beyond to plan for
change
 aiming for g...
2. Teaching resources
 This curriculum makes new demands of teachers’ subject
knowledge
 schools’ needs will differ and ...
Curriculum change
10
National college have developed online resources to help
schools plan curriculum change:
http://www.e...
Mathematics
 high expectations consistent with age-related expectation in high performing
jurisdictions e.g. Singapore an...
English
 Greater emphasis on grammar, spelling and punctuation and higher
expectations of spelling at an earlier age
 Fo...
Science
 more precision, introduced in line with high performing
jurisdictions
 focus on core fundamentals of science
 ...
Computing
 much greater focus on practical experience of programming and
understanding the fundamental principles of comp...
History
 chronological approach across key stages 2 and 3
 new periods at key stage 2
 key skills to be developed withi...
Geography
 greater clarity on locational knowledge
 more content on human and physical geography
 greater emphasis on f...
Languages
 new requirement to teach foreign languages in primary schools at
KS2
 new content on translation at KS3
 lit...
Design and technology
 Pupils to be taught a variety of approaches to the design,
e.g. biomimicry
 increase in the level...
Music
 Greater focus on music-making and for activities to be
undertaken musically
 Greater emphasis on encouraging pupi...
PE/sport
 More emphasis on being physically active in PE and on competitive sport
 Dance introduced to key stage 3 for t...
Art and Design
 stronger focus on the teaching of drawing from an early
age
 new emphasis on knowing about the historica...
Citizenship
 Greater focus on political systems and UK government
 Requirement that all children should have the
opportu...
3. Raising awareness
We’re raising awareness of:
 the curriculum reforms themselves
 what’s already available to support...
REFERENCE LIBRARY: www.gov.uk/dfe/nationalcurriculum - final PoS and links to
funded resources
DIRECT
COMMS
SHOWCASE AND A...
Looking ahead
 September 2014: first teaching of national curriculum,
except years 2 and 6 for English, mathematics and
s...
Links and contact details
National curriculum contacts:
 Jim.magee@education.gsi.gov.uk
 Gillian.machin@education.gsi.go...
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  1. 1. Delivering the new national curriculum BETT Leaders Summit, 23 January Jim Magee, Assistant Director, DfE 1
  2. 2. Aims To discuss the three strands of the government’s approach to delivery within a school-led system:  system leadership  teaching materials  communications – raising awareness …providing a sense of what’s being done by government, and what by others
  3. 3. Overall approach “…But what really matters is that this is a new approach to education, one that gives head teachers and schools far greater freedom. How they implement the national curriculum is down to them. There will be no new statutory document telling teachers how to do their job. No national strategies telling teachers everything that they have to do. No national roll-out. This is a huge cultural shift.” Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (education and childcare) Speech at: http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/speeches/a00222888/felcom 3
  4. 4. Recap on the review  new national curriculum sees government setting out the ‘what’ (at a high level) – making sure that pupils grasp the concepts – and not the ‘how’  shorter programmes of study setting out core content – especially in foundation subjects and key stage 3  fuller for key stage 1-2 maths and English, but so important
  5. 5. 1. System leadership  Moving to a school-led system a key feature of the government’s policy – less well reported  real expansion of system leaders across England: • 355 teaching schools, 299 alliances, with c.20 schools per alliance • over 800 national support schools (NLEs) • Over 2000 LLEs  Schools Direct – major shift in delivering ITE
  6. 6.  announced £2m to help teaching schools to support schools in their alliance and beyond to plan for change  aiming for geographical coverage, some proposals working with hundreds of schools  focus on primary, mathematics, English, science, computing and languages  supporting change management – auditing strengths, identifying materials Supporting the new curriculum
  7. 7. 2. Teaching resources  This curriculum makes new demands of teachers’ subject knowledge  schools’ needs will differ and it is for them to identify their areas for development  government is focussing investment in priority areas – maths, science, computing  ‘expert groups’ have been looking at the challenges of the new curriculum for ITE and serving teachers and how they might be addressed  subject associations and publishers developing new materials: http://www.besa.org.uk/home, http://www.publishers.org.uk/;  Good CPD guide: http://goodcpdguide.com/
  8. 8. Curriculum change 10 National college have developed online resources to help schools plan curriculum change: http://www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege/leadingcurricu lumdevelopmentresource o how good is your current curriculum? o what makes a great curriculum? o how can learning be organised?  Reena Keeble on leading change in her school: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trfAzeifaIY
  9. 9. Mathematics  high expectations consistent with age-related expectation in high performing jurisdictions e.g. Singapore and Massachusetts  multiplication tables – up to 12x12 by end of year 4  fractions – harder content on calculations, including multiplication and division, by end KS2  formal written methods e.g. long division  NCETM new micro-site: https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/40851  Mathematics Education Strategic Hubs (MESH) – 30 teaching school led hubs, supporting others in their area  Debbie Morgan (NCETM): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4aDZEZaF_A  Andrew Carter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSMkgNu3ptw  Helen Drury: http://community.tes.co.uk/national_curriculum_2014/b/mathematics1/archive/2013/1 2/13/secondary-maths-in-the-national-curriculum-by-dr-helen-drury.aspx
  10. 10. English  Greater emphasis on grammar, spelling and punctuation and higher expectations of spelling at an earlier age  Focus on fundamentals of spoken and written word and reading and understanding a wide range of books and poetry  Expert group: National Literacy Trust hosting a free planning tool: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/schools_teaching/curriculum  Phonics programmes and resources http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/pedagogy/phonic s/b00198579 http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/pedagogy/a0019 1791/match-funding-for-systematic-synthetic-phonics-products-and-training  article from James Clements: http://community.tes.co.uk/national_curriculum_2014/b/english/archive/2013 /12/05/english-in-the-national-curriculum-by-james-clements.aspx
  11. 11. Science  more precision, introduced in line with high performing jurisdictions  focus on core fundamentals of science  coherence in working scientifically from key stage 1 to 4  STEM centre: www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/primaryscience  Expert group materials: http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/stem- in-context/support-for-science-ITE  Pauline Hoyle podcast: http://community.tes.co.uk/national_curriculum_2014/b/science/archi ve/2013/12/05/watch-pauline-hoyle-on-the-science-curriculum.aspx
  12. 12. Computing  much greater focus on practical experience of programming and understanding the fundamental principles of computer science.  From ages 11 to 14, pupils will be taught how to code and use a range of programming languages to help solve computer problems  extended Master Computer Teachers programme  Computing at school (CAS) network http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/  recently announced £1.1m scheme for supporting primary teachers  http://www.codecademy.com/schools/curriculum  expert group resources: – https://sites.google.com/site/primaryictitt/ – https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbW FpbnxwcmltYXJ5aWN0aXR0fGd4OjE2ZTMyM2Y1NTM0ZjdiNTE – https://sites.google.com/site/primaryictitt/home/research
  13. 13. History  chronological approach across key stages 2 and 3  new periods at key stage 2  key skills to be developed within historical knowledge  Free expert group materials to be available at: www.history.org.uk  National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/victorians/ViewSection.aspx  Free school trips: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/education  First World War battlefield tours: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/research/87073.html  Holocaust programmes – two students from every school/sixth form college in England to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau
  14. 14. Geography  greater clarity on locational knowledge  more content on human and physical geography  greater emphasis on fieldwork  expert group materials: – range of overview pieces, on pedagogy and thinking geographically – guidance on locational, map work, fieldwork  available at: http://geognc.wordpress.com
  15. 15. Languages  new requirement to teach foreign languages in primary schools at KS2  new content on translation at KS3  literature at KS3 – more explicit reference to reading literary texts  grammar and vocabulary at KS3  Linda Dupret: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKPcpJtfKhI  Expert group overview of materials to be hosted at www.all- languages.org.uk  Free materials, e.g. – Mandarin: http://ciforschools.wordpress.com/teaching- materials/primary-materials/ – Japanese: http://www.jpf.org.uk/language/primaryjapanesecampaign.php
  16. 16. Design and technology  Pupils to be taught a variety of approaches to the design, e.g. biomimicry  increase in the level of sophistication in the use of electronics  cooking now compulsory at KS3, and wider range of content  DATA and expert group have produced: – annotated guide to the KS 1-3 programmes of study – and six principles for guiding and evaluating practice, with examples and questions to prompt reflection – both of these tools are available at https://www.data.org.uk/for-education/curriculum/dt- national-curriculum-for-england-2014/
  17. 17. Music  Greater focus on music-making and for activities to be undertaken musically  Greater emphasis on encouraging pupils to progress to the next level of musical excellence  More emphasis on listening with discrimination to high quality live and recorded music  Music hubs  http://www.musicmark.org.uk/about-our-members/music- services-directory  Expert group materials due to go live at: www.teachingmusic.org.uk
  18. 18. PE/sport  More emphasis on being physically active in PE and on competitive sport  Dance introduced to key stage 3 for the first time  Strengthening opportunities for activities outside of school, for example links between school and community/club sports (supported by, for e.g. the Satellite Clubs programme)  Expert group materials on the AfPE website: http://www.afpe.org.uk/advice-on-new-national- curriculum  Primary sport premium (information, examples and useful links to organisations): https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/getting-more- people-playing-sport/supporting-pages/school-pe-and- sport-funding
  19. 19. Art and Design  stronger focus on the teaching of drawing from an early age  new emphasis on knowing about the historical development of art through a greater emphasis on teaching about great artists and designers  new open-source expert group materials will be on the subject association’s site: www.nsead.org
  20. 20. Citizenship  Greater focus on political systems and UK government  Requirement that all children should have the opportunity to perform voluntary work in their community  Personal financial education  free materials at: http://www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk/resources  free personal financial education materials at: http://www.pfeg.org/  established an expert group on citizenship – more to follow
  21. 21. 3. Raising awareness We’re raising awareness of:  the curriculum reforms themselves  what’s already available to support teachers – there’s quite a lot out there  schools that have already introduced elements of the new curriculum, such as those in the maths mastery network  we are going where teachers go – TESonline, Guardian, SLT chat and through our media channels
  22. 22. REFERENCE LIBRARY: www.gov.uk/dfe/nationalcurriculum - final PoS and links to funded resources DIRECT COMMS SHOWCASE AND AMPLIFY OTHERS’ WORK COMMERCIAL: publishers, conference organisers, membership orgs (e.g. Scholastic, + Flickr, Itunes, Slideshare, Linked In, media FACILITATE / SUPPORT OTHERS TO COMMUNICATE Tweet-meets Supersharers Other subject communities Expert groups Public Twitter lists ASCL, NAHT, NGA Subject associations Bloggers and tweeters Playlists RTs Reposts + NCTL channels #NCready? Aggregators
  23. 23. Looking ahead  September 2014: first teaching of national curriculum, except years 2 and 6 for English, mathematics and science, and key stage 4 EMS  May 2015: final key stage 2 tests based on previous curriculum  May 2016: first new key stage 2 tests and whatever baseline assessment is decided after consultation 25
  24. 24. Links and contact details National curriculum contacts:  Jim.magee@education.gsi.gov.uk  Gillian.machin@education.gsi.gov.uk  Vince.jubb@education.gsi.gov.uk  National curriculum information sheet: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national- curriculum-and-assessment-information-for-schools  DfE TES page: http://community.tes.co.uk/national_curriculum_2014/b/default. aspx 26

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