Implementing the new orders - a whole school approach

Anita Cliff
1996, Vol. 1, No. 1,


This article outlines one school's approach to planning with the new orders, to include:

  • understanding the new Order
  • reviewing existing schemes of work
  • identifying appropriate resources
  • reviewing the existing design and technology policy

With the publication of the new National Curriculum orders in 1995, our school began the review and reorganisation of its policies and schemes of work. It was decided that design and technology should be one of the first subjects to be reviewed as it is considered to be a cornerstone in the school's cross-curricular project system - a system that all staff wanted to continue. It was felt that it was important to build upon existing design and technology work in school, recognising the good practice that was in place already. We wanted to produce a coherent programme of learning for each year group that would fit our project approach and, at the same time, would ensure continuity and progression across each year group and key stage.

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