Implications for teaching and learning of the changes to the 14-19 curriculum Presented by Christopher Hearn
The 14-19 reforms are the biggest changes in education for more than 30 years. The reforms aim to raise the education and skill levels of students by delivering a curriculum which gives them life and social skills, sets stretching and challenging targets, and better prepares them for a fast-changing world. Introduction
Raising the minimum age at which young people leave education or training to 17 by 2013 and to 18 by 2015. Introducing a new suite of qualifications, Diplomas in 17 subject areas at three levels by 2013. Reforming A levels with a reduction in assessment while ensuring that every candidate is stretched and challenged. Key changes of the Reform
Introducing a new extended project qualification for Advanced Diploma and A level students. Creating new functional skills standards and qualifications in English, mathematics and ICT. Reviewing and updating GCSEs. Expanding Apprenticeship opportunities.
The Diploma is available at three different levels. These are: Foundation – equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades D to G Higher – equivalent to 7 GCSEs at grades A* to C Advanced – equivalent to 3.5 A levels How the diploma is structured
The diploma will help young people become life long learners. It will give them more understanding in their chosen subject . e.g. How something is done and the reason why. It will provide them with skills more relevant and useful for when they enter the world of employment. Benefits of the Diploma
Taken from www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19 Structure of the Diploma
The changes will affect how young people learn in a variety of different ways. It will provide them with ........ Implications for Learning
Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT. It will also focus on skills such as team working and preparing young people for employment and higher education. Young people will have to continue in education for longer.
An insight into what work is really like without them having to commit to a career in a particular area. The opportunity to experience work in one of the UK’s main employment sectors. A high-quality qualification that will be valued by industry and higher education.
The Knowledge and skills that employers and universities look for, including teamwork, self-management and critical thinking skills. The chance to experience different styles of learning within different environments such as school, college and the workplace. With an emphasis on practical activities and an integrated curriculum.
It will provide young people with improved career options. More choices available with new courses and different routes of study to take.
Diplomas are based on applied learning. Contains both theory and practical work. Many teachers who teach GCSEs and A levels may need to focus on how to deliver a more skills-focused and occupationally related programme of study. Implications to Teaching
Teachers will need to continually update their knowledge of their subject area and maintain occupational knowledge as well. Develop strategies to enable all learners to engage in applied learning and be aware of the challenges of applied learning.
Be able to engage students in activities that have connections to real world examples. It will result in an increased workload for teachers. There will be an increase in the range of study programmes that have to be delivered.
An increase in diversity which could lead to a higher level of personal job satisfaction. Students may have an increased level of motivation and commitment due to the varied choices that are available to them.