British National Curriculum Term Paper by Mark Lewis

British National Curriculum
A discussion on whether the current British school curriculum is meeting the requirements of all its young people.
# 147214 | 1,908 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2011 | GB
Published on Mar 02, 2011 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (General)

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This paper discusses how from its very conception, the British National Curriculum has come under heavy criticism from a number of quarters and for a variety of reasons and how above all, such charges usually center on the claim that it fails to adequately meet the necessary levels of educational provision for all young people. The paper attempts to assess the form such criticism takes. As such, the perceived shortfalls within the current curriculum are discussed as well as the extents to which present governmental forces have attempted to develop new learning pathways for those children and young people that are underachieving in the system.

From the Paper:

"Currently the National Curriculum outlines four 'key stages'. Key stage one includes children up the age of seven, key stage two those between seven and eleven, key stage three eleven to fourteen and key stage five fourteen to sixteen. At every point along this scale pupils are assessed through the use of testing in order to determine the progress they have made, with final key stage tests taking place at ages seven, eleven and fourteen. The concept of education ordering on the basis of stages is theoretically based on the conception that "children more or less naturally move through a series of stages of learning development". However, there are concerted arguments that suggest giving tests and assessments such a hugely important role in the curriculum causes enormous amounts of stress on the part of children. As a consequence of this increased tension among children, their emotional and mental well being is negatively affected. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Broadfoot, Patricia. "Education, assessment and society," Buckingham: OU, 1996.
  • Direct Gov. "National Curriculum teacher assessments and key stage tests" , date accessed, 13/11/2008.
  • Duncan, Graham and David, Tytler. "A lesson for all of us: The making of the national curriculum" London: Routledge, 1993.
  • Lois, Weis, Cameron, McCarthy and Greg, Dimitriadis. "Ideology, curriculum and the new sociology of education" New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Moore, Alex. "Teaching and Learning", London: Routledge, 1999.

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