Date: Thursday 22nd August 2013
Host: Martin Burrett @ICTMagic
Once again, only a few brave UKedchatters were able to put themselves away from the myriad of summer holiday activities we teachers have to cramp in to a mere 6 weeks, but the conversation was no less enjoyable or insightful.
Firstly, apologies for the very England-centric topic, but a new curriculum is an important topic to cover and there will likely be repercussions for the whole of the UK. Not to mention that the various educational systems in the UK can learn lots from each other.
The main strands of conversation revolved around 3 main aspects. What training is needed and has already begun, what will the impact be on your age group, subject area and school, and what problems and opportunities do you expect to encounter from the new curriculum.
It would seem that most UKedchatter thought that there had been little training in their schools to address the changes to the curriculum. A few participants in senior management said that the matter was under discussion now, but that the Government was not giving adequate support and guidance.
There was a long discussion about how the new curriculum was going to impact on individual teachers and subject areas, and I recommend you read the archive to follow what was said in detail. The two main areas of concern seemed to be teaching the new computing curriculum and worry over the history curriculum being taught in chronological order.
This will be my first completely new curriculum and I am not sure what to expect. But I know that the Twitter and UKedchat community will be there to support and advise as they always are and that quells my apprehension, which will continue to creep over the English educational section over the coming year.
@beazeley: @ICTmagic Clear progression of skills to allow teachers to pitch accurately & differentiate – never been there for F subjects #ukedchat
@Happy0blong: Computing is a worry for almost everyone I know in KS2. We are told “don’t worry” but many can’t take in stuff at 4pm on a thurs! #UKedchat
@BenHenderson11: #ukedchat the new foundation subjects curriculum is making it harder to teach through topics/cross curricular. Thoughts?
@teachcomputerEd @ICTmagic #ukedchat Yes we all shd take responsibility but those non-specialists faced with comp science can lack bgnd & confidence
About your Host
Martin Burrett (@ICTmagic) is a Year 5/6 teacher at Mersea Island School in Essex and is an advocate for using digital technology to improve teaching and learning in schools. He founded the ICTmagic educational resource website and is a co-administrator for UKedchat.
Archive Session 165