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‘Closure needed for curriculum’ say East Lancs teachers

Lancashire Telegraph: ‘Closure needed for curriculum’ say East Lancs teachers ‘Closure needed for curriculum’ say East Lancs teachers

NINE out of ten teachers say schools will need to close for a day to prepare for an overhaul of the curriculum this year.

Local union leaders have spoken out after a survey showed concern over teachers being unprepared for the new National Curriculum this September.

The revamped curriculum is designed to help England catch up in a global race with school systems in Hong Kong and Finland.

However academies will not be required to follow it.

The new-look curriculum puts a stronger emphasis on skills such as essay writing, problem-solving, mathematical modelling and computer programming.

The National Union of Teachers has published the results of a survey taken during the Easter holiday, which claims three quarters of teachers are not confident, or are doubtful, about whether their school can be ready in time for September.

A total of 94 per cent are calling for an extra inset day during the summer term to get ready for the changes.

Simon Jones, Lancashire’s and Blackburn’s NUT representative, said: “Comments from experienced teachers showed incredulity that the Education Secretary has failed to understand that the volume of imposed changes in education is unworkable and unsustainable. Over a third of teachers have not been able to find any time to get ready for the new curriculum.

“Teachers recognise the importance of getting the curriculum right for their school.

“But they say lack of time to reflect and plan is the major problem.

“This rushed and botched implementation of the new curriculum is just one more example of how the government is dangerously out of touch with the reality in the classroom”.

Schools councillor for Blackburn with Darwen Council Dave Harling added: “When changes of this scale are made, the impact is often underestimated by the powers that be.

“Instead teachers and schools are given unrealistic briefs they have to somehow deliver.”

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3:46pm Tue 29 Apr 14

hunter3062 says...

wtf schools are shut enough throughout the year already..what do they do on inset days?
wtf schools are shut enough throughout the year already..what do they do on inset days? hunter3062
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4:12pm Tue 29 Apr 14

burner says...

and how many Primary school teachers do you reckon know ANYTHING about the craft of computer coding? Its comparable to everyone having to know the engineering mechanics of a car before driving off in an automatic !! POINTLESS to the vast majority of the population.!!
and how many Primary school teachers do you reckon know ANYTHING about the craft of computer coding? Its comparable to everyone having to know the engineering mechanics of a car before driving off in an automatic !! POINTLESS to the vast majority of the population.!! burner
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4:34pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Casper's mum says...

I work in a school and have done for over 15 years. The first inset day(s) in September are always to set up for the coming term, so another inset is not required. By all means ask support staff ( many who don't work insets as they're not paid to) to come for the inset day(s), paid, to set up classrooms etc for teachers, or move a later in the year inset day to September, but our children do not need to be missing a day of education for a new curriculum.
I work in a school and have done for over 15 years. The first inset day(s) in September are always to set up for the coming term, so another inset is not required. By all means ask support staff ( many who don't work insets as they're not paid to) to come for the inset day(s), paid, to set up classrooms etc for teachers, or move a later in the year inset day to September, but our children do not need to be missing a day of education for a new curriculum. Casper's mum
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7:25am Thu 1 May 14

Kevin, Colne says...

I simply don't buy into the argument that education is a global-race. This undermines the very purpose of education, in my view.

Some of the changes to the curriculum may have validity but what older children might find most useful is being introduced to concepts that will assist them to navigate the world in a way that is 'savvy'.

When my children left state schooling I was impressed by the amount of knowledge that had been pumped into their heads and they had certificates galore to prove it; but I was both shocked and dismayed by how little understanding they had of the way the world worked and more importantly how best to deal with it.

I suspect that there would be great opposition from political parties and corporate interest to any move that attempted to help young people understand fully the manipulative ways of the mainstream media, the wily techniques of supermarkets and the falsehoods promulgated by the financial services industry.

Perhaps consideration should be given, therefore, to developing and piloting a short course along these lines as an extra-curricula activity.
I simply don't buy into the argument that education is a global-race. This undermines the very purpose of education, in my view. Some of the changes to the curriculum may have validity but what older children might find most useful is being introduced to concepts that will assist them to navigate the world in a way that is 'savvy'. When my children left state schooling I was impressed by the amount of knowledge that had been pumped into their heads and they had certificates galore to prove it; but I was both shocked and dismayed by how little understanding they had of the way the world worked and more importantly how best to deal with it. I suspect that there would be great opposition from political parties and corporate interest to any move that attempted to help young people understand fully the manipulative ways of the mainstream media, the wily techniques of supermarkets and the falsehoods promulgated by the financial services industry. Perhaps consideration should be given, therefore, to developing and piloting a short course along these lines as an extra-curricula activity. Kevin, Colne
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