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New initiative aims to give teachers greater control over curriculum

22/07/2013 Joanna
A new initiative has been launched with the aim of helping staff in education jobs to take greater control over which subjects are taught in their schools and how.

Education secretary Michael Gove has forecast in the past that teachers will ultimately become responsible for designing the country's best curricula and his free school and academies programmes have already given schools the remit to opt out of the national curriculum and set their own syllabuses.

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Institute of Education (IOE) have responded to this changing context with their 'Grand Curriculum Design' professional development programme for school leaders and other staff in teaching jobs.

It is designed to provide participants with the required skills to lead the crafting of curricula that are flexible and responsive to pupils' needs and teach them the key principles of curriculum leadership and design.

Staff sitting the course will take part in four face-to-face learning events, undertake a curriculum innovation project within their own school context and form part of an online community of practice.

RSA director of education Joe Hallgarten commented: "The next academic year will be a key year for schools to reclaim the curriculum, in partnership with their communities.

"Genuine curriculum innovation requires schools not only to find creative ways to deliver the national curriculum, but to grow and nourish the space that should exist outside the national curriculum, for schools to develop their own priorities for their learners."

The initiative builds on a pilot with 20 schools from across England and will now be rolled out in up to six regions over the course of 2013-14.

It will be co-led by a small number of selected schools who will begin their programmes in 2014, while the course will also be run in London at the IOE from November 2013 onwards.

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