The Primary Curriculum Design Handbook: Preparing Our Children for the 21st Century

The Primary Curriculum Design Handbook: Preparing Our Children for the 21st Century

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By (author) Brian Male

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 16mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441125698
  • ISBN 13: 9781441125699
  • Illustrations note: 10 bw illustrations
  • Sales rank: 356,011

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This is a practical guide, rooted in best practice, to designing a wide and engaging primary curriculum. Schools are struggling to balance the statutory requirements of a National Curriculum with their desire to provide the wide, engaging and exciting curriculum that they know children need. Concerns about standards often lead to a narrowing of the curriculum and many schools lack the confidence and approach to design that would enable them to resolve what seems like an impossible dilemma. In this authoritative yet engaging book, Brian Male looks at how schools can meet the requirements of a National Curriculum and yet be flexible enough to meet the needs, interests and concerns of pupils, to be rooted in their lives and localities and to give scope for teachers to use their own creativity. "The Curriculum Design Handbook - Primary Edition" is a practical guide on how to design a curriculum that will engage children's interest, excite their imaginations and at the same time provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live successfully in the 21st Century.

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Author information

Brian Male is a curriculum design specialist. Brian was formerly a head teacher, inspector, advisor, lecturer,and principlal consultant to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. He is now Director of The Curriculum Foundation, and is advising the Syrian Government on curriculum reform and working with UNESCO to help review the national curriculum of Iraq.

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'I have always regarded Brian as the guru of curriculum design - his ability to translate complex issues into the practical is amazing. He has dedicated his life to ensuring that our children are rewarded with the curriculum they deserve; rich, dynamic, contextual and relevant. This guide is a culmination of his work, his thinking, his genius. Please read it, use it and help to make the greatest difference to curriculum and ultimately, our children!' Richard Gerver, international speaker and author

Table of contents

Foreword by Mick Waters; Introduction; 1. A curriculum for life; 2. A 21st Century Curriculum; 3. The limits of flexibility; 4. Planning, preparation and design; 5. A holistic approach to curriculum design; 6. A holistic approach to curriculum design; 7. Making learning irresistible; 8. National expectations in a local context; 9. Creativity in design; creativity in outcome; 10. Challenge and progress (The 'Grand National' curriculum); 11. A new model of assessment; 12. Keeping an overview; 13. Getting from here to there; 14. A kite-mark for a world-class curriculum; Index.