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Strengthening ‘the foundations’ of the primary school curriculum

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posted on 24.06.2016, 08:39 by Rebecca Duncombe, Lorraine CaleLorraine Cale, Jo Harris
The low status of the foundation subjects (e.g. Music and Physical Education (PE)) in English primary schools is well documented. Using PE as an illustrative example, a thematic analysis of 51 PE trainee students’ assignments, based on their perceptions of a two-week experience in a primary school, highlighted a number of areas of concern (e.g. limited/inadequate preparation; insufficient teacher knowledge/confidence; variable/limited subject leadership and non-qualified teachers delivering the curriculum). The possibility of teachers, coaches and other external specialists learning collaboratively with and from each other within a community of practice/learning is proposed as one way of strengthening the foundation subjects within the primary school curriculum.

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School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Education 3-13

Pages

1 - 13

Citation

DUNCOMBE, R., CALE, L. and HARRIS, J., 2016. Strengthening ‘the foundations’ of the primary school curriculum. Education 3-13, 46 (1), pp. 76-88.

Publisher

© ASPE. Published by Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Education 3-13 on 21 May 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03004279.2016.1185137.

ISSN

0300-4279

eISSN

1475-7575

Language

en