Session 114 – How can we create a curriculum where all subjects are valued equally?


Session Title: How can we create a curriculum where all subjects are valued equally? Date: Thursday 6th September 2012 Hosted by: @SirBlimeyWindy

Summary of the Session:
A very wise head once told me ‘you can do what you like if it works’

Well, there’s nothing like a good, constructive debate, is there? One thing that made me chuckle from the outset was a cheeky tweet from @SparkyTeaching to the Secretary of State asking him if he was going to join in with the discussion – but that is not to say that I was expecting this to be a wholly political debate.

The problem as I saw it was that the ‘market’ and League Tables seem to pit one subject against another, whereas we should possibly try to encourage a full, all-round education. There was soon a tweet wondering whether the notion of ‘subjects’ should be scrapped and pupils be taught in a way that makes all subjects cross their artificially-set boundaries. @MrBDEvans pointed out that, only when the curriculum is viewed as a whole,and not seen as a series of subjects, will education succeed.

@MrPeel pointed out that the existence of League Tables with their emphasis on 5 A*- C inc Eng and Maths and the EBacc will compound and continue what he termed ‘educational apartheid’.

@Ilac3 also pointed out that we have to bear in mind that different students have different skills and abilities and this should be borne in mind.

Towards the halfway stage there was some agreement that the existence of judgements based on 16+ exam performance actually drove the perceived ‘inequality’ between subjects, and there were also some suggestions that a broad-based ‘Leaver’s Certificate’ and not GCSE might be the way to go to restore the balance to some degree.

Sir Ken Robinson was mentioned as well, by myself and others, and my attention was drawn to a speech he made on subjects <a href=”

There was also a suggestion that, perhaps, education should be removed from the clutches of politicians, and that may lead to a system that can be trusted and valued.

I am sorry that I cannot include every single aspect from the chat, as that would lead to a 10000 word essay, please read the transcript and see what suggestions came up.

One thing shone through, though, that we as teachers are passionate about enabling pupils to achieve their best, and there are so many ways that we are, on the whole, successful, in spite of the way in which the profession is portrayed.

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