Dylan Wiliam starkly outlines the challenge:
The rather terrifying thing about being
involved in education at the present time is that we are the first generation
of educators who know we have no idea what we are doing.
This is because, although education is changing fast, the world is
changing faster. Professor Wiliam explains what this means in terms of
curriculum in our schools and outlines seven suggested principles of curriculum
design. This booklet aims to help schools make curriculum development a planned
and collegial process, and one that builds on the expertise of others.
Redesigning Schooling is a series of booklets that challenges
schools to improve practice and innovate for change in every aspect of the
system. The six-part series is designed to help identify the big questions in
education, look at lessons from other systems and shape the debate on how we can
make our education system world class.
With Redesigning Schooling, educators are urged to consider best
practice in six areas of schooling: teaching and learning; student impact;
parental engagement; curriculum design; assessment design; and collaboration
between schools. The ideas and approaches put forward in the series can be
adopted at an individual or school level. In each book, educators are
encouraged to make choices based on the courage of their convictions about what
is right for their learners and to spread their ideas across their networks and