Category Archives: New National Curriculum

Academies, Art Express and Abebooks

The government is set to announce the academization of every school. This means the national curriculum, certainly for all but English and Maths, is no longer compulsory. It also means, perhaps more significantly for teachers, that national conditions of service … Continue reading

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Tim Oates on the curriculum and assessment

Tim Oates talks with quiet authority about how the new national curriculum came to be and how ideas about assessment have changed. He explains how the honourable intentions of the TGAT report (Professor Black) became corrupted. However, it is clear … Continue reading

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Lack of ‘imagination’

I am writing something about creativity and for background texture thought it would be interesting to see how often the word ‘creativity’ was mentioned in the National Curriculum for KS 1-4. Well it’s just 13 times and only in the subjects of … Continue reading

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Some background reading

I have been doing some background reading for a couple of meetings next week and have been looking at this ‘Note’, or briefing paper, for a House of Lords debate on the case for arts education in schools. It really … Continue reading

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Giving ourselves permission

It was good to attend what became the inaugural meeting of a new art teachers network group based in Bucks (BATN I think). The best point of the evening was made by Marc who said that an important feature of … Continue reading

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Students always…

Students always make you think and usually about important things. It was really interesting to be invited to talk to students on a PGCE course last week. It was impossible to avoid taking a sideways look at changes since I … Continue reading

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Networks again

it was always the case that we learn best from our peers, which is why networks are so important. It was good to join SEAD network meeting recently. These meetings are so very different to normal CPD where the dynamics … Continue reading

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Ofsted fall out

The announcement that full Ofsted inspections will not be required for all good and better schools (the majority) is interesting. It may change some assumptions about the invisible ley lines which exert influence on future practice. It had seemed (to … Continue reading

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An animated process

Just a quick animation (to support a talk this week) about the underlying process model that has informed every version of the UK national curriculum in art for the last 25 years or so. It presents a diagram of the … Continue reading

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Some sensible ideas about assessment.

The NAHT have published a report about what should be done now about assessment which is eminently sensible. This NAHT Assessment Report is worth reading as it contains balanced advice based upon well grounded principles. There is also a helpful summary of … Continue reading

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