Many have said that the pandemic offers us a chance to build back better. But what would this look like for education? Deborah Lawson on how curriculum and assessment might change

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? It’s a fair bet that most of us never foresaw a year like this one, but as educators we spend our working lives preparing learners for the future – encouraging enquiring minds, developing the skills we believe they will need to succeed and flourish in a world that does not yet exist.

As a key part of this, we need to investigate the curriculum and exam syllabus that learners follow, and even the format of the examinations they take, and ask three key questions…

1, What do learners need to learn?

Since 1988, the national curriculum has outlined what is taught in most schools, and this is particularly specific in the “core” subjects. But does it meet the needs of modern learners?

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