In 2000, the school curriculum in England was equipped - for the first time in the country's history - with an extensive set of aims and purposes. In this book, leading experts in the teaching of school subjects examine the significance of the new aims for the reform of the curriculum.
In two general introductory chapters John White discusses the validity of the aims and how they might be realized in schools. The remainder of the book focuses on subject specific areas and how these need to be brought into line with the new aims, so as to produce a more relevant and enjoyable curriculum experience for pupils, including more opportunities for choice of activities. The book concludes with suggestions about how government policy on the curriculum should now succeed.
This portrayal of the school curriculum today and how it could be developed in line with the new aims will be of interest to those studying education with a particular focus on the areas of curriculum, assessment, school management, philosophy of education and the history of education.
'RE has some way to go before it can meet the needs of pupils growing up in the 21st century. Let's hope that the new national framework will help in that process and that those considering it will read this book.' - Ed-Lines
'Humanists interested in education and dissatisfied with the school curriculum will find much support in Rethinking the School Curriculum … Good stuff!' - Humanists News
'This is an important book. It will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the future of English and is an essential reference point for all those with a role in developing the curriculum.' - EnglishDramaMedia