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14 19 Curriculum Conference Feedback

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14 19 Curriculum Conference Feedback

  1. 1. 14-19 Curriculum14-19 Curriculum Conference FeedbackConference Feedback
  2. 2. Best Practice in Vocational and Work-Best Practice in Vocational and Work- Related Teaching and LearningRelated Teaching and Learning • Educational Case • “broad balanced curriculum” • “that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life” • “enabling progression and retaining young people in learning” • The case for lifelong learning
  3. 3. Best Practice in Vocational and Work-Best Practice in Vocational and Work- Related Teaching and LearningRelated Teaching and Learning • The Economic case • Needs of the economy • Needs of industry • “employability” of all young people • Current and emerging practice in the workplace • Responding to a fast changing society and employment • Do GCSE’s do this?
  4. 4. Change in PolicyChange in Policy • “an educational system that will deliver the technical and vocational skills of an advanced economy” • “a curriculum that better meets the needs of that economy” • “responding to the needs, interests and aspirations of young people” • “education with character and diversity” • “the norm will be for most young people to take a vocational course with a broad and balanced curriculum” • “improving retention and progression” • D. Blunkett Feb 2001
  5. 5. 14-19 Proposals14-19 Proposals • Predominantly vocational programs • More approved vocational programs • Statutory requirement for WRL • Entitlement to enterprise education • Integrated approach to personal learning development
  6. 6. OFSTED on New GCSE’sOFSTED on New GCSE’s • Learners positive • High quality work from learners with modest prior attainment • Most teachers enthusiastic • Some good examples of links with business • Good or better teaching in 40% of lessons • Targeted at lower achievers • Vocational relevance the most challenging issue to overcome • Weak links with business • More support needed in understanding the assessment scheme • 25% unsatisfactory teaching (50% in L&T)
  7. 7. The Perfect School 1?The Perfect School 1? • Independent specialist • Extended or federated • Partnered with a range of other providers • Managing own assets/employing own staff • 3 Year budget linked to SIP and pupil members • Working in partnership with parents and the coimmunity • Aware of the impact of skill trends and gaps in provision • Participating in local HE partnerships
  8. 8. The Perfect School 2?The Perfect School 2? • Increasingly providing assessment on demand • At least 60% of 16 year olds gain good GCSE’s • Minimal truancy 100% Staying on rate(?) • Every young person is engaged in positive activities outside school • Enhancing greater take up of sporting activities in school • Reducing child obesity and teenage pregnancy • In other words “Every child matters”
  9. 9. Key questions 1Key questions 1 • What is the point of a vocational course that does not provide learners with the skills for success in the vocational sector? • How will employers value vocational qualifications if young people with them are unemployable?
  10. 10. Key Questions 2Key Questions 2 • Is education primarily about; • Preserving the past or preparing for the future? • Preparation for university or preparation for life? • Success in examinations or success in life? • Preserving credibility of the system or increasing inclusion and progression
  11. 11. Key Questions 3Key Questions 3 • Who have you enlisted the help of most often in your life • A Builder? • A Solicitor? • A Car Mechanic? • An Architect? • A Hairdresser?

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