This year at Kensington we are undertaking a fundamental review of our curriculum.
- We believe that the limited time we have with our children isn’t used as effectively as it could be.
- We believe that the current curriculum doesn’t deliver the knowledge and skills required for the 21st century.
- We believe that a great deal of what we do that makes the greatest difference is done outside of the ‘curriculum’.
We also believe that the evidence supports this:
- By 2022 there will be a shortage of 3 million high skilled workers in the UK alone – Guardian, March 2017
- 87% of first year students find it difficult to cope with academic or social aspects of university life – UPP Student Experience study, 2017
- 47% of jobs will disappear in the next 25 years – Oxford University, 2016
So we are spending this year researching. We are looking at the latest thinking on the curriculum. We’re combining this – the ‘what’ of what we teach – with research into the latest thinking on cognition, learning, and memory. By the end we plan to have a curriculum that has clarity on what our children need and also how we will deliver it so that it sticks.
As part of this, we are gathering a wide variety of views and opinions. Of course, we are talking to our children, parents and staff but we also want to know what others think. Particularly people who have been personally successful, people who are involved in recruiting, and people who lead or manage teams.
- What are the skills and knowledge you have found invaluable in getting to where you are today?
- What skills and knowledge do you look for when you are recruiting?
- What are the most important attributes for your team members to have?
- What do you believe is most important for our children at primary school?
- If you could go back in time and tell a teacher one thing you need to be successful in the future, what would it be?
- What challenges do you see ahead and what skills and knowledge will our children need to navigate these?