We’ve been working hard to make sure that I am Learning is ready when you are for the new curriculum. We’ve undertaken some extensive audits and much of our content still largely meets the needs of Curriculum 2014 for both primary and secondary schools.
The biggest change has been that students are expected to master some skills and content at a younger age than they were previously. This is in line with the government’s intentions for a new national curriculum which “embodies high expectations in every subject and will raise standards for all children”. We recognised that this would mean some content may need reorganising as it becomes relevant to lower ages, so we have been remapping our activities to make sure that they are all in the right place. This means that you can be confident that, from September, all of our activities will appear in the relevant age groups specified by Curriculum 2014.
Of course there are some completely new topics that have been introduced at both primary and secondary and some tweaks to existing ones. There are a number of subject-specialists working away for us to create activities to help you deliver those new curriculum areas. This means that all IAL schools can feel confident that we’ve got Curriculum 2014 covered. We will continue to be perfectly placed to support your teaching and learning with engaging homework and assessment activities.
One of the most fundamental changes announced last summer was that the system of levels would be “removed and not replaced”. Levels were under fire because they are “unambitious, too broad and do not give parents a meaningful picture of how their children are performing.”
I am Learning’s reporting functions have always provided transparent information to teachers, students and their parents to tell them the areas where they are strong, on the right lines or in need of improvement. Schools have been given the freedom to choose their own assessment systems and I am Learning’s reporting will continue to help teachers make informed assessments about their students no matter what system they are using.
We know that such large-scale change in education is a big challenge for schools, but we hope that the work we’re doing at I am Learning will support you through it. We will continue to monitor any further changes in the coming year, as well as working with schools and other assessment companies to keep moving our content, reporting and technology forwards.
If you want to know more, feel free to get in touch with us.
The I am learning Team.