State of Education survey report 2016 - Page 38

Comments: These survey results reveal the effects of changes in the balance of freedoms and responsibilities in schools. After 25 years of a National Curriculum, what difference does it make if a subject is compulsory or not? Academies are exempt and no one has ever inspected compliance, so leaders are free to provide the curriculum their students need. The survey suggests there are doubts as to whether the curriculum can include PSHE and SRE and whether all young people can fully experience the creative arts. The pressures of testing and examinations cannot be allowed to deprive young people of these vital subjects. The National Curriculum is dying; long live the broad and deep curriculum in every school." Sue Horner Chair, RSA Academies Trust If a headteacher feels that an area of the curriculum is important then they should ensure that it is encompassed into the schools ethos. We have the flexibility to work how we want if we are brave enough.” School leader Kate Gilliford, senior researcher at The Key, explains: “Assessment and accountability reforms have brought a lot of uncertainty to the sector, and have made many school leaders question their curriculum offer. School leaders have asked The Key many questions about the reforms, and the sense I get from them is that they are worried they will not be able to cover the content of new GCSEs without taking time from other curriculum subjects. Until the exam and accountability reforms are embedded, I think school leaders will feel like they have to make a choice between core subjects like English and maths, and what may be seen as nice ‘extras’ like PE and art.” 38 State of Education Survey 2016 | www.thekeysupport.com Find further comment at www.thekeysupport.com/blog These survey results reveal the effects Kate Gilliford, senior researcher at The Key, explains: of changes in the balance of freedoms and responsibilities in schools. After 25 years of a National Curriculum, what difference does it make if a subject is compulsory or not? Academies are exempt and no one has ever inspected compliance, so leaders are free ݚYHH\X[[HZ\Y[YY H\^HY\\H\BX\]\H\X[[H[[YBH[ԑH[]\[[[[H[[H^\Y[HHܙX]]H\ˈH\\\‚[Y[΂و\[[^[Z[][ۜ[H[Y‚'\\Y[[X[X[]HYܛ\]BYHو[\Z[BHX܋[]HXYBX[HXY\]Y\[ۂZ\\X[[Hٙ\XY\]H\YH^HX[B\]H[[[Hو\H][XXˈB]Y\[ۜX]HYܛ\[H[B][ۘ[\X[[H\Z[ۙ]HHY[H]H[H\]^H\HܜYYY\\X[[H[]\H ^H[HXHݙ\H۝[YHܛ\Z\HXY[ZY\\و]\]]Z[[YHB\\X[[HXXˈ[[H^[B[X[X[]HYܛ\\H[XYY YHXYXX\Y[][\XHوBH[XY\[Y[ZH^H]B\X[[H\[\ܝ[[^H[XZHHXH]Y[ܙHXX‚[\H]]\[\\Y[H™]ˈH]HH^X[]HܚB[YH\H]H[Y 'BZH[\[X][]X^HBY[\XH8&^\&HZHH[\ 'BXY\]HوYX][ۈ\^H M˝Z^\\ܝ B[\\[Y[]˝Z^\\ܝ K؛‚