Originally published in 1990. Small primary schools were a source of considerable debate in the 1980s. This balanced and authoritative account is based on the findings of a survey of curriculum provision. It shows that small primary schools differ surprisingly little from their larger counterparts in the content of their curriculum and in the manner of its teaching. It suggests though that pupils in small schools do not necessarily get a better deal than pupils in larger schools. It looks at the future of those schools and discusses clustering and federation to pool resources. Written just as the National Curriculum was about to be introduced, this book is an interesting reflection for students of primary education, curriculum studies and educational administrators.
Introduction 1. The Debate about Small Schools Maurice Galton and Helen Patrick 2. Small Schools and their Teachers Helen Patrick 3. The Curriculum in Small Schools Maurice Galton 4. Teachers and Pupils in Small Schools Linda Hargreaves 5. Small and Large Schools: Some Comparisons Helen Patrick and Linda Hargreaves 6. Small Schools: The Observer's Studies Brian Aldridge, Maurice Galton, Rosemary Grant, Cherry Harrison and David Lea 7. Parents, Governors, and the Local Authority in One Small School Maurice Galton 8. The Small School: Trends and Possibilities Maurice Galton and Helen Patrick. Appendices
Reissuing works originally published between 1971 and 1994, this collection includes books which offer a broad spectrum of views on curriculum, both within individual schools and the wider issues around curriculum development, reform and implementation. Some cover the debate surrounding the establishment of the national curriculum in the UK while others are a more international in scope. Many of these books go beyond theory to discuss practical issues of real curriculum changes at primary or secondary level. The Set includes books on cross-curricular topics such as citizenship and environment, and also guidance, careers, life skills and pastoral care in schools. A fantastic collection of education history with much still relevant today.