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R1C1 Breadth: Does the curriculum represent society's educational aspirations for its citizens?

There are many views about the areas of learning and experience which should be provided by...

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Andrew Pollard
3 May 2010

There are many views about the areas of learning and experience which should be provided by schools. Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence proposes eight areas, as does Northern Ireland’s new curriculum. These encompass fields such as: arts and creativity; language and literacy; environment and society; modern languages; mathematics; science and technology; health and physical education; religious and moral education. 

In England, very particular emphasis has been given to core subject areas of Literacy and Numeracy. Maintaining breadth in pupils’ actual classroom experiences is a big challenge for teachers in any event, and is made even more difficult in such circumstances. Recent curriculum reviews (eg: Rose, 2009) may mitigate this, but curriculum and assessment need to be fully aligned to reinforce breadth of provision.

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