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Schemes of work - approaches

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by mousey80, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. mousey80

    mousey80 Occasional commenter

    What would be best: prescribing every lesson in detail including the strategies and contexts to be used and skills being developed? And risk staff not following it all. Or train staff better to identify the skills students need, and write a less prescriptive scheme, with less suggestions but probably more flexibility and risk that staff don't teach some skills at all?

    Is it possible to use schemes of work to improve teaching and learning and the sharing of good practice and if so how? How can they make sure that students get the opportunity to develop skills and ideas as well as cover content?
     
  2. mousey80

    mousey80 Occasional commenter

    What would be best: prescribing every lesson in detail including the strategies and contexts to be used and skills being developed? And risk staff not following it all. Or train staff better to identify the skills students need, and write a less prescriptive scheme, with less suggestions but probably more flexibility and risk that staff don't teach some skills at all?

    Is it possible to use schemes of work to improve teaching and learning and the sharing of good practice and if so how? How can they make sure that students get the opportunity to develop skills and ideas as well as cover content?
     
  3. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    I think it depends on the staff you're working with.
    In a generally competent and confident department I would say that less is more when it comes to detail on medium term planning. But if you're dealing with several weaker teachers, or perhaps lots of new teachers, then it might be worthwhile finding ways to share the experience of others through shared planning in more detail.
     

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