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1 Why has the curriculum changed?

2 We know the dates for phasing in the new KS3, KS4 and A-level.
Discuss the following four questions on your table and exchange ideas. Then be ready to hold up the green card for “yes”, and red card for “no” in answer to the following questions: We know the dates for phasing in the new KS3, KS4 and A-level. We understand the significance of the different colour swirls above. We know who Mick Waters is. We know about the CfBT project and how it can help us.

3 What? When? 2008: new Y7 & ‘AS’ 2009: new Y8, ‘A2’ and Y10 GCSE
2010: new Y9 and Y11 GCSE plus: Diplomas and other vocational changes in education

4 But why do we need change?
Society and the world has changed….. The nature of work has changed. The impact of technology. New understandings about the nature of learning. Increased global dimension to life. The public policy agenda - personalisation, ECM, sustainability, social cohesion, enterprise. 5 forces and the challenges To provide a structure for our work we have identified 5 forces for change acting upon our curriculum? Changes in society and the nature of work, the impact of technology, new understanding about learning, the need for innovation within curricula and the increasing international dimension to learning. These are all important forces that need to inform our thinking as we shape a modern curriculum. These themes are explored further in our Futures booklet sent to you last week and through the tink-pieces we have commissioned) The futures programme was launched at BETT by Ken Boston

5 The new secondary curriculum is more than just the revised PoS
The new secondary curriculum is more than just the revised PoS. At its heart is a new curriculum planning and design approach that aims to promote: Increased flexibility to make the curriculum more coherent for learners Opportunity to tailor/customise/localise your curriculum to make more impact on the learner Whole curriculum design (aims, subjects, skills, personal development, cross-curricular dimensions)

6 The QCA ‘Big Picture’ of the new curriculum

7 The new KS3 curriculum aims to “develop a modern, world-class curriculum that will inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future.”

8 There are three questions that are driving curriculum design, development and implementation:
WHAT are we trying to achieve? HOW do we organise learning? HOW well are we achieving our aims?

9 The Aims The curriculum aims to enable all young people to become:
successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

10 geography

11 Coherence… for the learner
Subjects Personal Development Skills and dimensions

12 An increased focus on skills
Personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) Independent enquirers Creative thinkers Reflective learners Team workers Self-managers Effective participators < Geography < Geography < Geography < Geography < Geography < Geography Functional skills Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills < Geography

13 A note of caution from David Lambert.
“Pupils cannot be taught simply to think. They have to have something to think about. “ “If this ‘something’ is trivial, irrelevant or out of date then the education process will be devalued and impoverished.”

14 Cross-curriculum dimensions
These can provide powerful unifying themes that give learning relevance and help young people make sense of the world….. Identity and cultural diversity Sustainable futures The global dimension Healthy lifestyles Community participation Enterprise Technology and the media Creativity and critical thinking

15 So what has changed? Whole curriculum design underpinned by aims
Flexibility Personalisation Locally determined curriculum More emphasis on skills More emphasis on personal development and ECM Coherence and relevance Real opportunity for renewal and re-invigoration

16 For details and case studies of the new KS3 curriculum visit -

17 What are the opportunities for Geography?
To contribute to PLTS A locally determined curriculum that looks at local issues To work more closely with other subjects What are the opportunities for Geography? A relevant and up to date geography curriculum Personal geography responding to student voice and related to student experiences The cross curriculum dimensions especially the Global dimension and Sustainable Development

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