Schools not ready for new national curriculum

The TES is reporting a union survey that suggests most schools are not ready for the new national curriculum…

More than six out of 10 teachers said their school was not “fully prepared to teach the new curriculum” – which is supposed to be introduced this term – in the poll of 618 primary and secondary teachers carried out by the the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Just two out of 10 respondents said their school was fully prepared for the changes, while more than eight out of 10 said they did not think teachers had been given enough time to implement it.

Nansi Ellis, ATL assistant general secretary, said: “It is shocking, but not surprising, to find that fewer than a quarter of teachers feel that their school is prepared to teach the new curriculum that starts in September.

“The government has rushed through the biggest change to the national curriculum in a decade, with key changes to English and maths at primary level.

“Removing assessment levels from the curriculum is also worrying teachers.”

…The ATL said staff were often unaware of the help that was available.

“The support the government offers, in the form of funding small numbers of schools to develop resources that can be shared, has happened too late in the day,” Ms Ellis said.

“Many teachers tell us that they don’t even know this support is available. Children going back to school next week face an uncertain time as their teachers are still trying to make sense of the new curriculum…”

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