Croydon to consult on new local curriculum ideas

Croydon Council is to consult on an interesting  package of local curriculum ideas to improve employability schools of local children and teenagers – which can really be seen a life skills.

A draft 5-18 Croydon Work-readiness Commitment will be a curriculum-based programme of ‘activities for learners aged 4-19 that build up their work-readiness and ability to make informed choices about careers throughout their time in Croydon’s school and colleges.’ The suggested package includes:

Pre-school and reception children: ‘learning about people who help us’.

Key Stage 1: Design & Technology: inc. visits to Heathfield: Cooking & Nutrition: understand where food comes from; Technical Knowledge: build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable; Science: everyday materials.

Key Stage 2: Science: working scientifically; plants; humans – impact of diet and lifestyle; changes with ageing; Teeth care; Predators and Prey. This will include: team working; problem solving; application of numeracy; making informed choices.

Key Stage 3: Design & Technology: project based analysis of: the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding; investigate new and emerging technologies; test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the  views of intended users and other interested groups; understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists.

Key Stage 3 History: A local history study; researching the town’s history, Croydon Airport, Surrey Iron Railway.

Key Stage 3 Citizenship: The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school based activities; the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.

Key Stage 3: Design & Technology: analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding; investigate new and emerging technologies.

Key State 4: Citizenship: Income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent; Local Government Finances Project – online resource that introduces the problem of making decisions over spending.

The report can be seen accessed at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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