National Curriculum

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Diagnostic Written Task: The National Curriculum

According to Directgov (2012), “the National Curriculum is a framework used by all the maintained schools to ensure that teaching and learning is balanced and consistent.”

The National Curriculum is thought by many to be complex and unclear. However, it is at the heart of the education system in England. This is noted by Baumann et al (1997) and Kyriacou (2009) who document that the basis for the National Curriculum was established in the Education Reform Act 1988; creating the idea that education must begin with the needs and interests of the child. The following model acknowledges how the National Curriculum is central to a school and a pupils learning.

School Curriculum
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This can help in raising standards of all children, which has been identified as a key feature of the National Curriculum.

Another key feature is that the National Curriculum identifies key subject disciplines. All the National Curriculum subjects are organised to show a carefully designed framework that will maximise a learners opportunities to achieve success. As illustrated by the QCA (2007), for Design and Technology, the curriculum is organised into 4 parts, which are: 1. key concepts 2. key features 3. range and content 4. curriculum opportunities.
The key concepts aspect is then divided up into further sub-sections and these are: * designing and making * cultural understanding * creativity * critical evaluation.

As an increasingly important subject, the key concepts demonstrate how Design and Technology creates an interactive decision making process for pupils. For instance the subject combines a practical base with a sound knowledge base, while allowing learning to take place from other areas of the curriculum. In order to learn, pupils have to think creatively and diversely to develop innovative products that can meet a human need. Although the National Curriculum is content based, Design and Technology allows pupils to absorb content because it acknowledges creativity. This allows for a fuller development process. Furthermore the National Curriculum with regards to Design and Technology understands that children