By Norman Evans
This booklet is set curriculum swap in secondary faculties and indicates how the standard of schooling has been laid low with expanding intervention from principal executive. Following the tale of 1 secondary college among 1957 and 2004, Norman Evans appears to be like at:
* the varsity ahead of and after the advent of the nationwide Curriculum * the altering function of LEAs and governors * the features given that 1992 of faculty inspections accountable for policing the operation of the nationwide checks * predictions of effects and exam effects * nationally set objectives * compliance with certain prescription of college curricula.
This is the back-story of present day academic weather, as noticeable during the eyes of 7 successive head lecturers and long-serving assistant employees who labored on the college in this momentous forty-year interval. How did the adjustments have an effect on what they sought to do as execs? the place have those adjustments taken us, when it comes to what occurs in school rooms and what occurs within the university as an entire? And what should be discovered from the improvement of the curriculum over this time to notify destiny practice?
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The scheme was a deliberate attempt to offer young people access to a higher, more sophisticated level in inquiry and understanding. Drama and art and music always were extra curricula in stage shows of one kind or another. But a play like Peterloo, about the 1819 massacre, written by the 22 Curriculum explorations head of English, with its rousing, rising words ‘We will overcome’ sung again and again was like an extended extended day, such was its impact on the school as a whole. David and the Donkey, a Christmas play written by Tony Brown in 1965 had similar impact.
The last intervention was like an orchestrated version of that problem. It was a good idea. A week when LEA inspectors – advisors had become inspectors, another linguistic clue to the new style of regime in the LEA – from each subject headed by a new chief inspector (another introduction from Yorkshire) spent a week in the school. It was not to be anything like a formal inspection ending with a written report. It was a consultative exercise. The CEO asked if I would agree to Senacre being the first site for this interesting LEA initiative and it was hard to refuse.
And taking a cue from its brief with the word ‘shall’, there should be an extension to the school day. But note again, it is to be intervention by invitation and encouragement, not requirement. It was a different world then. The implication for the curriculum was also clear, that learning was not confined to classrooms. 2 on preparations for the raising of the school leaving age was a timely stimulus. One member of staff recalls: Curriculum explorations 17 I remember you thrusting it into my hand in a corridor one day and comparing it unfavourably to some of the curriculum suggestions in Newsom.
Curriculum Change in Secondary Schools, 1957-2004: A curriculum roundabout? by Norman Evans