Clearing away the clutter

2nd December 2005 at 00:00
With the end approaching for phase one, which reviewed all areas of the curriculum, the eight subject area groups have been working on decluttering the curriculum.

Next year will be a year of "engagement with the profession". Phase two will involve various groups presenting their "rationales for change" to teachers, probably early in the new year.

The eight subject area groups are: science, mathematics, expressive arts, language, social subjects, technology, religious and moral education personal and social education, and PE along with health and well-being.

All groups have been asked to write a rationale for the changes they are proposing - to provide detail of what they propose to be streamlined, what would be taking its place, the nature of change and the case for making these changes.

From early 2006, schools will be asked to start reflecting on their learning and teaching approaches in the light of the rationales.

From next spring, it is hoped that local authorities and schools will start to incorporate thinking on A Curriculum for Excellence into their development plans for next session.

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