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Bringing the teacher back in: Reconceptualising the school curriculum as jazz

…If we see the curriculum as jazz then we can see that there are guidelines given but that the teachers are encouraged to ‘own’ the processes and adapt the content, the presentation and the organisation as they see fit. In this way they can become curriculum ‘makers’ as well as curriculum ‘deliverers’.

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The Curriculum Challenge

…the current curriculum manifestly fails to address what is arguably the central challenge of current times…Global climate change is no longer just a matter for scientific debate – it has become a political, social, economic and ethical problem as well. Schools have yet to fully appreciate how this is likely to impact on their practice.

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Who needs careers professionals?!

…Perhaps 50 years ago it was simply about deciding what a young person might like ‘to be’ when they grow up…But the complexity of the labour market, the opportunities available and the pace of change is such that young people need skills, knowledge and information from professionals who are specifically trained to provide it.

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New Year’s Resolutions from a Believer in Promise

Like it or not, every school has an ethos. Good or bad, a school’s values inform and shape its curriculum, teaching styles, relationships and organisation. Pressures to make that ethos one of compliance, competition and risk-aversion have been great over past years; but more sustainable principles are on offer. My research, at the end of […]

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Sleep-walking into the Future

The challenge of trying to live equitably and sustainably on a finite planet will undoubtedly provide the context for the lives of children who are at school today. Yet the proposals for the new national curriculum marginalise and exclude environmental issues. Why has there been so little protest?

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