Every child has the right to a brilliant science education. How can we overcome the challenges undermining the science curriculum?
Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on the news that the Government is not going to make maths compulsory for 16- to 18-year-olds.
THAT Conference notes a new curriculum for Wales is being developed with education professionals across Wales with the aim of it being available to schools by September 2018 and implemented from 2021.
THAT Conference is concerned about the perceived demotion of science as a core subject in schools, the introduction of flawed statutory assessment and the number of students unable to make the jump between the primary science curriculum and the secondary science curriculum.
THAT Conference is concerned that the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and new SATs is leading to the erosion of the place of the arts in the curriculum.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, representing over 160,000 staff in a variety of educational institutions, believes that its members' working lives are affected as much by education policies as by pay and condition decisions. The government determines what teachers teach, how they teach, and how learning is assessed, which together form the heart of a teacher's everyday working experience.
The Department for Education (DfE) piloted the phonics test in approximately 300 schools in June 2011.
From September 2015 all state maintained schools are expect to deliver the 2014 national curriculum to all key stages as part of their whole school curriculum. Academies, Free schools and independent schools remain free to develop their own curricula.
If the recent media coverage of the new primary school assessment and testing arrangements are anything to go by you would think that primary schools are pretty horrible places to be right now.
On Friday afternoon I had the pleasure of visiting Grassmoor Primary School in Chesterfield and I wanted to share some of what I saw.