State of Education Report 2017 state-of-education-booklet-Final-WEB - Page 31

In general, have changes to the curriculum and school performance measures over the past two years had a positive or negative impact on the following in your school? (Primary) Pupils’ readiness for secondary school 14% 10% 11% 28% 37% “Life skills need to be added instead of something else - not squeezed into an already overcrowded curriculum.” School leader 43% 32% 19% Pupils’ academic achievement 6% <1% What would primary school leaders change? 60% Provision in arts and creative subjects Progress of pupils with special educational needs or disabilities 9% 6% 3% 8% 5% <1% 22% 28% 58% Eight in 10 (79%) primary leaders would like the curriculum to include more life skills, such as financial management, communication skills and keeping healthy. Primary leaders also call for more freedom from “government interference in curriculum development” and show a willingness to work towards a broader curriculum. One leader comments, for instance, that she would “love to be part of a changing curriculum for the better, that thinks outside the box and enhances the future generation to be able to take their learning to a new level without the need for a good ability to remember facts”. Positive N/A Neither Don’t know Negative FIND FURTHER INSIGHTS: WWW.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM/BLOG PAGE 31