Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Shooting for a personalised curriculum

Listening to some people talking about one particular news story this week has been like listening to people from the dark ages. Already the doubters are tut tutting about the move towards personalising the curriculum, but the story in the media this week about the UK student who has been allowed to undertake clay pigeon shooting as part of her GCSE PE exam course, has really caused some to splutter in indignation. They are wrong in my opinion.
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Admittedly the debate about guns in school is rightly very controversial, but Sally Bond of Clacton High School is the top junior in the British under-21 womens clay pigeon team and is aiming for the 2012 Olympics. That makes her pretty good and implies that she works extremely hard at this sport.
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GCSE PE is a hard subject in which to do well in, it is not about just 'kicking a ball around'. Sally's adapted syllabus covers all the many and complex aspects of this sport, from safety to skills. She is obviously passionate about this sport and practices frequently. The more she learns the better she will become. Why shouldn't she be rewarded with some accreditation for this considerable effort, and skill? Student really do work well when they are interested and motivated in the curriculum - otherwise they just turn off.
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It is really pleasing to see that EdExcel have listened to the request and supported the move to personalised learning in this case. However, as we aim to move towards true personalised learning for all, it should not be news, but the absolute norm!

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