Schools offering bespoke timetable

14th October 2005 at 01:00
More schools are breaking free of the traditional subject-based timetable and offering pupils personalised curriculums and input from outside experts, a report on the future of the national curriculum reveals.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is consulting on how to redesign the national curriculum.

It says that many schools are already experimenting with innovative curriculums - although others are worried that this could harm their test results.

Now the first wave of talks, with subject experts, has resulted in a call to minimise the current narrowly-focused tests and provide more social education, thinking skills and recognition for vocational learning.

The initial proposals, detailed in a booklet published this week by the authority, include:

* More time to be spent on speaking and listening in English.

* Recognising group achievement in art and design.

* More use of current affairs websites in citizenship.

* More time should be devoted to geography in initial teacher training.

* More self-instruction and distance learning in modern languages.

The QCA is planning further events to discuss proposals for each subject with teachers and heads. It also wants to hear from pupils.

The Futures project will be used to advise the Government. Primary forum 24

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