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Government told planned new curriculum will fail

04-10-2007

The Irish News

An ambitious new school curriculum will fail unless teachers and principals receive adequate government support, unions have warned.

In a joint statement, four teachers' unions along with the National Association of Head Teachers said government must recognise the scale of the change being imposed on schools - and set aside time each week for preparation away from pupils.

Primary school teachers, they said, were being disadvantaged because they had no time to plan lessons and pressures of workload and under-resourcing were becoming "intolerable".

The unions said they supported the revised curriculum but added that its delivery required significant amount of planning and preparation.

"All of the teaching unions are making a very clear call for the Department of Education to act immediately to address the critical problems in our primary schools," the statement read.

"The government must recognise the scale of the changes in schools and move to adequately support schools to achieve the results required.

"This support must include planning and preparation time for teachers and management time for all school leaders including teaching principals. Without this the new curriculum will fail to deliver what is needed for the economy and society in the 21st century in Northern Ireland."

 

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