Secondary development, guidance and advice
Our resources will help schools deliver their secondary curriculum.
Modern foreign languages: encouraging interactive talk for GCSE languages - coming soon
To supplement the guidance and examples in the DVD GCSE modern foreign languages: Controlled assessment of speaking (2009), we have worked with schools to develop more speaking assessment activities that encourage interactive talk between students, and that are replicable and manageable.
These interactive talk case studies show how teachers can:
- prepare students to engage in discussion, debate and open-ended conversations
- personalise activities to draw on students’ interests
- encourage independent and creative use of the language
- integrate speaking tasks into a GCSE course
- offer all students the best opportunity to demonstrate what they can do.
Community cohesion in action
'Community cohesion' is a common vision and sense of belonging shared by communities. The Children's Plan sets out the duty of schools to promote community cohesion and recognises the good work that many schools are already doing.
Our community cohesion page in the secondary section of the national curriculum website includes our recent publication Community cohesion in action - a guide for primary and secondary schools that identifies opportunities for developing community cohesion in the curriculum.
Economic wellbeing is made up of careers, work-related learning, financial capability and enterprise.
Economic wellbeing is a discrete area of learning, but is also a way of learning that can be embedded across teaching, bringing context, meaning and enrichment to the curriculum. Work-related learning also enables the business community to share in the education of young people - their future workforce.
Our goal at QCDA is that all education establishments and business representatives contribute to the planning of a curriculum that gives young people the opportunity to learn about the world of work. They'll learn through the experience of work contexts and will develop the skills they need to enter and succeed in the workplace.
We're achieving this goal by providing support to education and the business community through research, guidance, policy development consultation, communication and identification of best practice.
A refreshed website for the secondary curriculum
The national curriculum website now includes new features and functionality to support the key elements of the secondary curriculum.
Good curriculum design is about weaving the key elements of the curriculum - aims, personal development, skills, cross curriculum dimensions, subjects and assessment - together to create a coherent experience which makes sense to learners, is relevant, engaging and motivating, and enables learners to make good progress and transitions throughout their time in school.
The website now includes new features on:
Designing your curriculum - this section uses the big picture of the curriculum and three curriculum questions as the starting point in helping you to develop the principles of curriculum design. It also provides CPD activities and resources to support curriculum design and planning.
Evaluating your curriculum - this section helps make the links between disciplined innovation, using national evidence and the Ofsted self-evaluation process. Support and guidance is provided in three strands:
- Disciplined innovation - this provides an evaluation process for schools to adopt so they can evaluate the impact of their curriculum changes
- Impact measures - these have been put in place to look at and evaluate the intended outcomes of the reforms using evidence collected at a national level
- Using evidence - this includes ideas for the ways schools might consider using national evidence, along with links to national evidence reports.
Last modified: 16 Apr 2010