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Fourteen factors that determine the shape and quality of a school’s curriculum

(Ministry of Education)

1. Collaborative engagement.
2. Community confidence in the school, its leadership, its teachers, and its processes.
3. A shared vision for students and their learning.
4. Understandings about what constitutes meaningful learning.
5. Understandings about learners and how meaningful learning happens.
6. Understandings about how meaningful learning is meaningfully assessed! (Assessment is learning, if learning is formative)
7. Structural decisions: subject-based, topic-based, or integrated?
8. Coverage decisions: “mile-wide, inch-deep” versus “inch-wide, mile-deep”? (I like this...)
9. Decisions on how the values, key competencies, and learning areas will interrelate.
10. Decisions on emphasis: process versus product?
11. Professional development.
12. Resources and resourcefulness.
13. Vulnerability to packaged “solutions”, posters, and silver bullets.
14. The quality of regular self-review and critical reflection.