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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About Paul Champion

Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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