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Free school head without any teaching qualifications plans to ignore curriculum

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mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 11:52:06

difficultpickle Sun 10-Mar-13 14:23:30

I think there is a lot to be said for ignoring the National Curriculum, that is one of the reasons why those who can afford to choose private education.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 14:38:26

ignoring it when you were formally director of the think tank that advised the government on the contents seems to send a clear message

Northey Sun 10-Mar-13 14:39:35

What message?

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 14:42:02

that they did a really good job producing an effective curriculum [rollseyes]

Northey Sun 10-Mar-13 14:43:36

So it's good that they are taking up the option to not follow it then. What's your problem?

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 14:45:45


Northey Sun 10-Mar-13 14:47:39

How extraordinarily rude! I genuinely don't understand what your problem is. Why not just explain?

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 14:54:57

Would you want the person in charge of your child's school to endorse something publicly, something that is going to be imposed on thousands of other children but in private reject it as "rubbish" says a great deal about that person's integrity biscuit

Lucyellensmum95 Sun 10-Mar-13 14:56:35

That article was poorly written and difficult to understand. So what are these "free" schools anyway? And yes, OP, why are you being so rude?

cumbrialass Sun 10-Mar-13 15:34:57

The article is clear that the Head of the Pimlico Primary school was previously deputy director of CIVITAS, the organisation that has come up with the new curriculum which is being imposed on all local authority schools. However she clearly thinks this curriculum isn't good enough for her own school, even though the rest of us have to put up with it, and is doing her own thing. So it's clearly a question of "Don't do as I do, do as I say"

Jolielaide Sun 10-Mar-13 15:41:26

Interesting article. Looking at TCC's website, the humanities-based curriculum for the school has not yet been released. I wonder how it'll compare with the draft framework- especially the KS2 history curriculum?

lizzyhum Sun 10-Mar-13 15:43:41

Another example of our hypocritical government. The curriculum is fine for the riff raff but not the privileged few!

ipadquietly Sun 10-Mar-13 15:48:32

Yes, but she is basing her curriculum on E.D. Hirsch's ideas, which formed the basis of the new draft.

'Hirsch believes that the teachers who are currently in our schools, as well as future teachers, should be encouraged to abandon the teaching philosophies of educational naturalism that stemmed from the Romantic movement. He believes that the emphasis on natural and innate ability has proven to be a failure. He says that the emphasis on hands-on learning and critical thinking skills espoused by the theory of natural learning should be replaced with a core, common curriculum that focuses on a specific, shared body of knowledge. Hirsch has developed the Core Knowledge Sequence for grades K-8, which comprises about 50% of the participating schools' curriculum.

He believes that "the goal of meeting students' individual needs in the classroom has been greatly misused in American educational theory". If a teacher has 25 students in a classroom and is giving individual attention to one, they are failing to give attention to 24. He favors teachers using whole-class instruction instead.'

No pesky differentiation there then. (I can't think how that sits with the 2012-13 Ofsted framework, which seems to be differentiation-obsessed!)

Time to start drawing up the new framework in time for the new curriculum next year, methinks grin

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 16:05:06

AScorpionPitForMimes Sun 10-Mar-13 18:13:14

I will never forgive Michael Gove for what he is doing to our education system.

AScorpionPitForMimes Sun 10-Mar-13 18:16:37

And the way he is interpreting E.D Hirsch for the new history curriculum is just nausea inducing - I first went to America in 1995 and the ignorance of people over there about the world outside their own borders was breathtaking. It strikes me that the Hirsch curriculum will only make this worse - it seems to place one's own nation at the centre of the universe at the expense of knowledge of the global environment we now live in. It's backward looking, insular and culturally imperialist.

LindyHemming Sun 10-Mar-13 18:55:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 19:00:23

Perhaps we should send him back to the land of his birth Euphemia wink

LindyHemming Sun 10-Mar-13 19:21:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 19:25:44

If you can arrange for him to hit his "heed" on every step then it might help knock some sense into the man

Feenie Sun 10-Mar-13 20:35:16

Euphemia, you made me laugh grin

Blissx Sun 10-Mar-13 20:49:12

I'm quite shocked that some parents don't see anything wrong with this??? This is a 27 year old with absolutely no educational experience, who, not only sat on the committee advising what should go in the primary National Curriculum for the entire country, but was then appointed without interview, to head a new "free school". This woman then claimed that they did not like the National Curriculum, that they themselves devised and are making everyone else LA controlled do it, so would adopt "content-rich" learning instead, in which studies in the US have found to lower results. To top it all off, someone didn't even know what a free school was???? Gove is systematically destroying education so that he can be noticed enough to get a promotion within Government.
This is our childrens' future we are talking about!!

mrz Sun 10-Mar-13 20:52:51

Thank you Blissx ...

difficultpickle Sun 10-Mar-13 21:06:32

But criticising this appointment is just picking at a scab rather than looking at what caused the wound in the first place.

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