The Evening Standard is reporting that a new school curriculum for London has been launched in a bid to help children understand the capital and its history “beyond their own postcode”…
Teachers will be given lesson plans on how to turn the city into a living classroom in subjects including English, art, music, geography and history.
Boris Johnson revealed the curriculum before the start of a reforming summit held in London by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
The curriculum is the latest schools initiative to be introduced following the Mayor’s education inquiry and is an indication of his determination to take on more power over schools.
He said: “We found too few children knew of or had access to the treasure trove of learning London has to offer. The London Curriculum will have an impact on core academic subjects by making the capital a giant classroom and strengthening youngsters’ knowledge of the people, places and events that not only shaped our city but also had an impact on the world stage.”
Former teacher Tony Sewell, the CEO of Generating Genius, led the Mayor’s inquiry which recommended the new curriculum. He said it will help children who do not see anything of London beyond their own postcode and do not feel the city belongs to them. “Places like Tower Hamlets have cultural and ancestral lock-downs for certain kids in these communities,” he added
He said some people, including Muslim girls, “only experience a very small part of life” and the curriculum will help them widen their experiences.
Pupils aged 11 to 14 will benefit from the curriculum, which will run alongside the national one. Teachers are not obliged to follow it but can sign up for lesson plans in five subjects. For example, English teachers will be advised to look at stories that include the Thames and works by Charles Dickens…
More (including details by subject) at: Boris Johnson launches new curriculum for London to give pupils a grasp of the city
Any thoughts on this new London initiative? Is it a meaningful development or just a bit of PR for the mayor and his team? Would you like to see other regions do something similar to make the curriculum more relevant to their local areas? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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