Council for Subject Associations AGM 17/4/2012
The MEA is a member of the council, along with 30 other subject associations. I attended the AGM today in London, which included presentations on the government’s plans for the curriculum and qualifications in England from Sue Hackman and Jacquie Spatcher from the DfE. In the afternoon, Professor Margaret Noble from the Teaching and Learning academy talked about the potential for accredited CPD in partnerships with subject associations. The CSFA has also been approached by the Schools Network, formerly SSAT, about collaborations in the future.
The messages from the DfE were not unexpected. The government was described as deregulatory and permissive, with a hands-off approach. Hmmmm.
The knowledge-based curriculum was suggested to be of interest to subject associations, but it was noted that the eBacc seems to have already had an impact upon take up of subjects at KS4. The new national curriculum should be in schools by September 2013 for first delivery Sept 2014. Meanwhile new A levels will be expected to be in place in September 2014. As one delegate pointed out, with so many schools becoming academies, it is not clear how much point there will be to the national curriculum by that stage. Gove is apparently quite happy for GCSE results to go down after the changes at KS4; GCSEs will be much harder.
Media education got one brief mention, but only to emphasise that the government sees no value in it.
The possibility for CPD collaboration and accreditation was of interest to us and Kate Domaille will be following this up.