Too little time to prepare new curriculum, staff say


More than eight out of 10 school staff believe they have had too little time to implement changes to the national curriculum, according to a report.

The study carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and ITV found that only 22 per cent of staff thought their school was fully prepared to teach the curriculum, while a quarter believed the potential impact on their pupils of changes would be negative. 

Fewer than 17 per cent said it would have a positive effect on teaching and learning.

Furthermore, 58 per cent of teachers thought their school had not been given enough support to implement changes to the computing curriculum. 

Respondents were also asked what word best described the way in which the Department for Education had approached curriculum reforms. Nearly 48 per cent described them as “flawed” and 41 per cent said “chaotic”. 

Only 2.8 per cent said they were “organised” and just 0.7 per cent said “supportive”.

Nansi Ellis, ATL’s assistant general secretary, said the findings were not surprising: “The government has rushed through the biggest change to the national curriculum in a decade, and as a result nearly 81 per cent of teachers say they haven’t had enough time to implement the changes.

“Children going back to school face an uncertain time as their teachers are still trying to make sense of the new curriculum. Our advice to members is to use their judgement to adapt and evolve their new school curriculum, rather than to make huge changes all at once.

“Teachers will work hard to make sure that children are not disadvantaged by the rush in implementation, and ATL’s curriculum website will help them to share ideas and resources, but it is extremely unfair to jeopardise young people’s education through what seems to be national mismanagement of change.”


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