Curriculum Change in Secondary Schools, 1957-2004 : A curriculum roundabout? book cover
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Curriculum Change in Secondary Schools, 1957-2004
A curriculum roundabout?

ISBN 9780713040623
Published October 14, 2005 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book is about curriculum change in secondary schools and shows how the quality of education has been affected by increasing intervention from central government. Following the story of one secondary school between 1957 and 2004, Norman Evans looks at:

* the school before and after the introduction of the National Curriculum
* the changing role of LEAs and governors
* the characteristics since 1992 of school inspections responsible for policing the operation of the national tests
* predictions of results and examination results
* nationally set targets
* compliance with detailed prescription of school curricula.

This is the back-story of today's educational climate, as seen through the eyes of seven successive head teachers and long-serving assistant staff who worked at the school during this momentous forty-year period. How did the changes affect what they sought to do as professionals? Where have these changes taken us, in terms of what happens in classrooms and what happens in the school as a whole? And what can be learned from the development of the curriculum over this time to inform future practice?

Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Introduction. 1


Chapter 2 Curriculum Explorations; 1957- 1967. 5

Chapter 3 Curriculum with a Difference;1967-1974. 43

Chapter 4 Curriculum Intervention begins; 1974-1983. 75

Chapter 5 Curriculum as Trouble Shooter; 1983-1988. 109

Chapter 6 Curriculum Revolution; 1988-1995. 142

Chapter 7 Curriculum on the Slide; 1995-2000. 184

Chapter 8 Curriculum Recovery; 2000-2004. 211

Chapter 9 Curriculum Roundabout. 236

Chapter 10 Reflections; personal and professional. 247

Appendices 263

References 267

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Norman Evans has had a lifetime involvement with institutional and curriculum change in schools and higher education and is currently Trustee, Learning from Experience Trust and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College and London Metropolitan University, UK.


' This book is essential reading for anyone training to teach in English secondary schools. With trainee teachers I would use the book as a case file of analyse policies and practices in secondary schools since the Second World War.' -TES, October 28 2005