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?
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.
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