This year, out of 300 initial applicants, pupils and adults from 207 schools will receive Schools Curriculum Awards from HRH The Princess Royal at the Barbican on April 30. The award was founded in 1982, largely the brainchild of John Tomlinson, then president of the Society of Education Officers, which remains one of the founding sponsors. There are 14 current sponsors, including The TES, and this is the fifth time awards have been made.
The criteria for the award emphasise that community links should not be superficial, but must be "embodied in a broad and balanced curriculum, incorporating activities by which the school promotes pupils' learning". They make it clear also that the links must work in both directions, "a partnership with each influencing and contributing to the other".
The route to the award takes almost two years. Thus, brief applications for the next round will be invited this autumn. After an initial sifting, more detailed submissions will be sought from schools by next summer. In the autumn of next year, volunteer assessors (heads of schools which have won the award and retired inspectors) will visit these schools. Their mission is to look rigorously at evidence to make sure the school's claims stand up in practice. Awards are then announced, and the presentation takes place in the spring of the following year.
Schools Curriculum Award. Brian Frederick Secretary to the Trustees North Hertfordshire College, Letchworth Centre Hertfordshire
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