81% of education staff staff feel unprepared for new curriculum


Eight in ten education staff say they've not had enough time to implement new changes to the curriculum, according to a joint survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and ITV.

The ATL surveyed 618 primary and secondary school teachers, heads of departments/years, senior management staff, deputy and heads between 19-22 August 2014 and found that fewer than a quarter of teachers feel that their school is prepared to teach the new curriculum that starts in September.

Teachers have slammed the Department for Education's implementation of the new curriculum, with nearly 89% describing it as chaotic or flawed.

Removing assessment levels from the curriculum is also worrying teachers, particularly as the support the government offers, in the form of funding small numbers of schools to develop resources that can be shared, has happened too late in the day. Many teachers don't even know this support is available, according to the ATL.

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of ATL, said: "The government has rushed through the biggest change to the national curriculum in a decade, with key changes to English and maths at primary level, and as a result nearly 81% of teachers say they haven't had enough time to implement the changes.

"Children going back to school face an uncertain time as their teachers are still trying to make sense of the new curriculum."

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