How long? How long?

I did some quick calculations on changing a curriculum for my last keynote talk at ASE this year – will share them with you. 

There is a health warning in that I have been rounding up/down in quite a cavalier fashion but suspect the results will not be too far away from reality.


—18000 primary schools in England and Wales
—10 teachers per school on average
—Every change to the National Curriculum and assessment brings each teacher at least 30 hours of work altering long, medium and short term plans for up to 14 subjects
—Assuming teachers work an 8 hour day, how many teacher-days does it take to change a National Curriculum?
Answer 675,000
—We have had 5 changes to the NC.
—How many teacher years is that assuming 40 working weeks a year?
Answer – 84,375 teacher years


It’s scary isn’t it?


Now if every time we change the curriculum we see a leap forward in children’s learning, then this huge amount of time might be justified. If not, it really really isn’t worth it. 





About annegoldsworthy

Primary Science specialist. Going for more independent thinking and less being told what to think. And that goes for teachers as well as children. We need to change that draft curriculum for science. Follow me on twitter @afgoldsworthy
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4 Responses to How long? How long?

  1. Katie says:

    And how many politicians does it take to screw up the education system? I fer for our children. Lets start the revolution!

  2. Beth Budden says:

    I wish them up there actually thought about children’s learning!

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