Employability Skills… Life Skills… Learning Skills
All too often curriculum leaders will neglect these vital elements as they respond and react to the anticipated performance measures of the day. There is sometimes a day of “revision skills” run early in Key Stage 4; or an assumption these skills might be “covered” within PSHE; or sessions programmed that are targeted only at the lower ability bands within a cohort.
The education system cannot assume that young people pick up these competences by some sort of magic osmotic process; nor can one phase pass the buck to another.
There are rich rewards, short term as well as long term, if schools design a curriculum experience that builds skills and competences in a progressive way, and as a complement and supplement to academic and vocational diets.
Some schools are finding headline performance in GCSEs (especially English GCSE) boosted by as much as 5-10% if skills are explicitly identified, developed and accredited!
SCiP5 Consultancy can highlight the very best of practice nationally and internationally, and work with your school community to address this critical learning imperative.
Curriculum Design and Innovation
A return to a academic core for all pupils (due to the new performance table changes) need not turn a young person’s learning journey through Key Stage 4 into a classroom-based dirge. There are many examples of schools and academies who have the courage to do things differently, and exert their curriculum freedoms.
Some educationalists have a terribly polarised view of what a curriculum should look like, and what it should do: new traditionalists feel that knowledge is power; more extreme liberal approaches celebrate the development of skills over the acquisition of knowledge. But any practitioner will tell you: it’s not either/or, it’s BOTH!
SCiP5 Consultancy will help you to unlock the potential of your curriculum; a well-planned and executed curriculum experience can double- and triple-count! The learning experience need not be blinkered, limited nor linear.
SCiP5 Consultancy will link you to some of the best practitioner-led initiatives and innovations, designed to produce the “rounded, grounded and effective” young people so prized by commerce and industry today.
INSET Programmes and Delivery
SCiP5 Consultancy can not only help you design your curriculum, but work with you to put in place an effective and high-impact INSET and delivery plan.
Contact us for ideas, creative thinking and help.
Partnership Brokerage and Support
Here are some of the organisations and initiatives that have shared values and approaches to SCiP5. We can make the links and introduce you to the right people to help.