1st Edition

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

By Norman Evans Copyright 2005
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    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?

    1 Introduction 2 Curriculum explorations: the first headship, Norman Evans, 1957–673 Curriculum development with a difference: the second headship, John Werner, 1967–74 4 Curriculum intervention begins: the third headship, Margaret Lynch, 1974–83 5 Curriculum change as trouble shooter: the fourth headship, Andrew Parsons, 1983–88 6 Curriculum revolution: the fifth headship, Neil Hunter, 1988–95 7 Curriculum on the slide: the sixth headship, Allan Deacon, 1995–2000 8 Curriculum recovered: the seventh head, Sheila Storey, 2000–4 9 Curriculum roundabout 10 Reflections: personal and professional


    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 evidence...to analyse policies and practices in secondary schools since the Second World War.' -TES, October 28 2005