Curriculum and Assessment
Our 19th century curriculum and assessment system is not fit to prepare young people for the 21st century workplace.
The content and approach of what we assess is too narrow, focusing predominantly on knowledge acquisition and written, time-bound exams rather than a wider portfolio of skills, experiences and competencies. This bleeds into our curriculum where the current emphasis on factual recall, over deep thinking, is restrictive. Teachers are spending a disproportionate amount of time preparing students for high-stakes exams and this is squeezing out time for students to develop team-working, creative problem solving and communication skills.