Five sections cover education policy, professional skills, theory, practice and reflection. The authors provide teaching ideas that work, and that will help trainee teachers to improve their grades and lesson observation profiles. There is a clear explanation of the theoretical underpinning that must be grasped in order to pass written assignments, and Masters level debates are addressed throughout the book, with a dedicated chapter exploring academic themes and issues.

Understanding the 14–19 Agenda

Understanding the 14–19 agenda


By the end of this chapter the reader will be able to:

  • understand why reforms to the 14–19 curricula are necessary;
  • evaluate the government's Diploma qualifications;
  • comprehend reforms to both GCSEs and A levels;
  • understand how the International Baccalaureate fits into the qualifications framework.

What Does Curriculum Change Mean for Teachers?

This is an extraordinary time to be training for a career as a professional teacher. This chapter explains how the educational landscape is transforming for all those working within the 14–19 sector. Whether this transformation is evolutionary or revolutionary we will leave it to you to decide once you have considered the arguments and evidence. Either way 2013 is the year that the statutory 14–19 entitlement comes in and ...

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