Education and Skills Secretary Alan Johnson said: “The new draft Curriculum is designed to create greater flexibility for schools so they can ensure pupils master the basics as well as offer more stretching opportunities for those who excel.
“The curriculum should evolve to meet a rapidly changing world, and enable teachers to teach in a way that will continue to interest and enthuse their pupils. These proposals move us away from a ‘one size fits all’ curriculum to one that offers more flexibility to tailor teaching to pupils’ needs and aspirations. More flexibility for teachers, more interesting for pupils.
“More emphasis has been placed on developing in-depth understanding of the key ideas and practice of particular subjects. But crucially, it is balanced with the retention of tried and tested parts of the curriculum as well as giving young people better personal skills greatly valued by employers.”
The dedicated page for languages can be found at http://www.qca.org.uk/secondarycurriculumreview/subject/ks3/modern-foreign-languages/index.htm
Schools will receive the final statutory programmes of study in autumn 2007 for planning purposes. Roll-out will take place over a three-year period, beginning with Year 7 pupils in September 2008.
The review is part of a broader vision to develop a modern world-class curriculum that will inspire and challenge learners and prepare them for the future.
QCA has revised the programmes of study to provide schools with increased flexibility in the way they can develop and implement their curriculum. This will give teachers more time and space to personalise their teaching, offering catch-up lessons in the basics and creating opportunities for pupils to deepen and extend their learning in areas where they have particular interests and aptitudes. There will also be opportunities for pupils to develop their creativity and adaptability and to see how their studies relate to the world beyond the classroom.
- Improve coherence across the curriculum
- Make connections between subjects
Ensure clear progression throughout Key Stage 3 and into Key Stage 4
The revisions provide opportunities for schools to refresh their curriculum provision to meet the needs of all pupils more effectively. They demonstrate how schools can incorporate newer priorities such as:
- The Every Child Matters agenda
- Personal, learning and thinking skills
- The opportunities offered by new technologies
They take account of post-14 developments, such as functional skills, and give schools opportunities to include dimensions such as sustainability, cultural diversity and enterprise within their curriculum provision.
The programme of study for each subject starts with a statement about the aims of the national curriculum, which are to develop:
- Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
- All programmes of study take the same format, and identify:
- Key concepts that are at the heart of each subject discipline
- Key skills and processes that pupils learn to make progress in the subject
- Range and content that outline the breadth of the subject from which the areas to be studied should be drawn
- Curriculum opportunities that pupils should be given to enhance their engagement with the subject
More details on the timescales and philosophy behind the changes can be found in
Word version of the draft PoS and documents about the main changes can be downoaded from my “box” (right-hand side)