*Auntie Maud is real, terrifying and very definitely best avoided. I have moved house when she discovered my address. She has no teeth, a loose grip on reality, hygene issues and has been sectioned. She fills me with terror. I would run rather than have to talk to her.*
This week there has been a kerfuffle. Quite remarkable to see. The new Draft Curriculum for Consultation is available here. I think that this will be a serious shift in culture for schools. Much of the unnecessarily complex ways we have had to report upon progress have been removed. No more two sub-levels of progress. We will, from September report on a binary outcome: Met or not met at the end of each year in KS1 and in each 2 year phase in KS2, in Maths and English. That’s pretty transparent for families. Your child is or isn’t at the age related expectations.
Each school will be required to:
- Set out their school curriculum for English on a year-by-year basis and make this information available online.
- Set out their school curriculum for Mathematics on a year-by-year basis and make this information available online.
What strikes me is the dexterity of the consultation document, which is phrased to mean that anyone disagreeing with it, is arguing against rigour and high standards. Be very careful what you say in writing about this curriculum, it just might provide further evidence of the failings of the profession. the response form is buried here.
So to the Computing Curriculum. It is, in my opinion a work of binary genius. It pushes the profession into a corner, and leaves us with nowhere to hide.
We cannot now argue at primary level, that using ICT as a tool to support the curriculum manner is an acceptable way of delivering the ICT curriculum. We cannot, any longer leave the elephant in the room alone. Control and Modelling was always the “Auntie Maud*” of the ICT family. It was avoided, difficult to deal with, out of our comfort zone, the bit of the curriculum you would prefer didn’t know your address. Now it is front and centre. In a binary curriculum with pretty unavoidable expectations:
1) Computational Thinking & programming
2) Digital Reputation Management.
Nothing pleasantly diverting to suggest we focus on because in our view, it is more valuable. Every teacher in every primary school is going to have to engage with the Computational thinking agenda. [we’re in trouble]
I’m not sure this is an outrage. It’s a very clever set of weasley words.
Think it through:
The new curriculum defines the minimum, it applies focus. It does not define the maximum. We can still do everything we have always done and valued. What we can’t do is avoid Auntie Maud any more. We might not like it, but as an act of management to ensure something gets done, it is very definitely genius.
This is a good thing. No?