LEARNING FOR LIFE AND
WORK
Towards a more relevant, enjoyable and motivating
curriculum for young people in Northern Ireland
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The debate & process so far
Ap-Oct 00 Consulted on framework
(aim, objectives, skills, values and areas)
June 2001
Proposals sent to DE & ETI
(stat framework /non-stat content too radical)
Jan 2002
Revised proposals to Council
(Primary OK – KS3 not radical enough)
Ap-Oct 02 Consultation on detail of primary
Discussion paper on KS3 &4
Feb 03
Consultation outcomes & advice to
on Primary and KS4 to DE
Aug 03
Detailed consultation on KS3
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Structure
1 Quick overview of primary
2 Quick overview of Key Stage 4
3 Focus on Key Stage 3 and issues for
forthcoming consultation Aug-Nov 03
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Primary
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Foundation Stage
Outcomes of Consultation
• Foundation Stage
90+%
• Pre-school and Years 1 and 2
86%
• Year 2 as a transition year
82%
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Key Stage 1 & 2 Outcomes
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Curriculum in Areas
Content of Areas
Areas as suggested
PE with Personal Development
Emphasis on skills
Flexible entitlement
Include Languages in Primary
Pupil Profile
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90%
90+%
70%
67%
94%
92%
82%
90%
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Implementation
• Collaboratively planned INSET programme
• Building on
- Enriched Curriculum Pilot
- Personal Development pilot
- Assessment for Learning Pilot
• Strategic approach to Languages in PS
• Support in the form of Sample Teaching
Plans (Lesson Plans etc to follow)
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Big issue for Primary Curriculum
and Assessment is the Transfer Test!
• Promotes rote learning rather than creative
investigation
• Emphasises knowledge acquisition as
opposed to skills development and
formative Assessment for |Learning
• Promotes single subjects, eg. Science as
opposed to The World Around Us
• NFER research ‘NIC and Transfer Test
mutually incompatible’.
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KEY STAGE 4
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Key Stage 4: Issue of Flexibility
• Flexibility to respond to the PP Review
• Flexibility to introduce more
vocational/work-related courses
• Restoring decision-making to schools
• Current requirements inflexible
• Certain requirements particularly unpopular
e.g. Languages and Science
• DE dis-application to allow flexibility
(tends to be confined to less able)
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Proposed core at KS4
Consultation Outcomes
Skills, PSHE, citizenship, employability
53%
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81.1%
81.5%
86.4%
83.5%
83.6%
83.3%
71.9%
77.2%
81.7%
Application of number
Communication
ICT
Working with others
Self management
Problem-solving
Local and Global Citizenship
Personal, Social and Health Education
Employability
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KS4 Consultation Outcomes
Different types of qualifications for all
95%
Not encouraged to complete at 17
90%
Encourage some to take less exams
86%
Languages starting in Primary
96%
Healthy exercise part of the PSHE
79%
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Key Stage 4 Recommendations
• New flexible core from September 2004?
• Encourage schools to
- include vocational/work-related courses
- expand the range of practical experiences
Support for pilot initiatives in Citizenship,
Employability and PSHE
• Guidance on healthy exercise
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Key Stage 3
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Proposed Timescale
• Council meeting 17 June
• Consultation end Aug to end Nov 03
• Opportunity for DETAILED FEEDBACK
• Advice December 03
• Piloting and support from 04
• Phased implementation from 05
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KS 3- The Issues
• Consensus about need for PSHE,
Citizenship and Employability
• Curriculum already crowded
12 subjects+ 3 unacceptable
• Cohort Study findings
- disjointed subject silos
- few connections
- no understanding of skills
- ‘compliance without engagement’ (NFER)
- Evidence of stalling and turn off
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KS 3: 2002 Proposals
• Areas as opposed to subjects
• Focus on relevance, skills and connections
• Statements of entitlement rather than
detailed programmes of study;
Learning outcomes if desired;
• Flexibility to respond to the PP Review
- a two year KS 3 for most, if not all;
- discretion to develop different models
(Year 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12).
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2002 Consultation Outcomes
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Areas not subjects
Areas proposed
Statements of entitlement
Desirable outcomes
Two year Key Stage 3
Additional flexibility
Phased Implementation
Piloting
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45% (55% against)
54%
71%
83%
23% (77% against)
62%
95%
98%
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Unresolved Issues
What do we do about…..
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The overcrowded curriculum?
The disjoined curriculum structure ?
The lack of links/coherence?
The profile of skills in the 21st C?
The need for flexibility?
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Issues we can’t ignore
Perceived lack of relevance to life and work
‘Compliance without engagement’
Technology Age - Learning how to learn
Information Age - creativity & enterprise
Global Age
- flexibility & adaptability
Workplace
- interpersonal capabilities
Neuroscience
- connections & meaning
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Key Stage 3
Which way now?
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Proposals in Areas
( 9 Areas with contributory subject strands)
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Learning for Life and Work
(Citizenship, Employability, Personal Dev’mt
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The Arts
English (including Drama & Media Ed)
Environment & Society
Languages
Maths (including Financial Capability)
PE
Science and Technology
RE (separately specified by Churches & DE)
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Curriculum Framework
developing young people’s potential;
help them make informed & responsible choices & decisions
as:
a contributor to society
an individual
a contributor to the economy and the environment
Consultation: 91%
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Key Themes
contributor to
society
individual
personal understanding
mutual understanding
healthy lifestyle
moral character
contributor to economy
and environment
citizenship
employability
cultural understanding
economic awareness
media awareness
sustainable
development
ethical awareness
spiritual awareness
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environmental
responsibility
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Skills Framework
• PERSONAL SKILLS
•Self Management/
Improving own
Learning
INTERPERSONAL
SKILLS
•Teamwork /Working
with Others
CRITICAL & CREATIVE
THINKING SKILLS
Information Management
Problem-solving
Creativity
Communication
ICT
Application of Number
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Structure of Proposals
Each strand set out on an A4 landscape page
under Knowledge Understanding & Skills and
how these relate to :
The Curriculum Objectives
The Key Elements
Real Life Contexts
Skills-based Learning Outcomes
Minimum entitlement in BOLD
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Future Possibilities
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Teach curriculum in themes
Teach subjects in Areas
Teach Areas in modular carousels
Mix and match – subjects, Areas, modules,
themes
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Continue to teach in subjects
Discussion paper on curriculum structure and
time-tabling and case-studies of approaches
from here & England
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Key Stage 3 Implementation
• Longer-term agenda
- based on School Self Evaluation
- School Development Planning and
- Outcomes of Post-primary Review
• Invite schools to pilot
• Evaluate outcomes
• Disseminate outcomes of pilots
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What’s in it for
teachers and pupils?
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more flexibility, freedom, choice
more emphasis on skills
More emphasis relevance to Individual,
Society, Economy, Environment
More emphasis on application to real life
• How will I use this in the future?
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More linkages (within and beyond Areas)
• How does it all connect up?
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What reaction do we expect
and what can we do about it?
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Anxiety
Concern
Subject defensiveness
Reassurance
Opportunity
Challenge
Enjoyment
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What do we need from you?
(a personal view!)
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Shared vision –alignment of CR with PPR
Leadership
Encouragement to embrace change
Approval to take risks and be innovative
Strategic support for schools that wish to
trail and pilot
Research, evaluation, dissemination
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A fine balancing act!
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