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Learning About Other Nations:

United Kingdom
submitted to Dr. M. Sencer orlu for 511 for
Curriculum in an International Context
Efe Gntrkn
Emrah Durmu
pek akaloz
zen Kutlay
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Learning about other nations: UK


Methodology
We met on Saturday in order to select our country
We wanted to analyze education system of a country with
comparisons of PISA results
We shared the work as following:
Efe checked current issues
Emrah checked overall picture of the educational system
pek found interesting case and checked study results
zen found articles from databases

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Learning about other nations: UK

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Learning about other nations: UK


Countries

: England, Northern Ireland,


Scotland, Wales
Capital
: London
Official Language : English
Religion
: Christianity
Population
: 64,100,000
Government
: Parliamentary, Monarchy

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The Educational System of the UK
Each of the countries of the UK has separate systems
under separate governments in terms of educational
policy
Five common stages of education:
Early years
Primary
Secondary education
Further education
Higher education
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UK: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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UK: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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UK: Scotland

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UK: Scotland

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The Educational System of the UK
Compulsory school age (CSA)
All children between the ages of 5 (4 in N.I.) and 16
In England, it has been extended to 18
National Curriculum (1988) (England and Wales)
It is followed by most state schools
Curriculum Excellence Program
The nearest curriculum for Scotland and North Ireland

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Current Difficulties with Respect


to Teaching and Learning
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Difficulties of Teaching
Classroom management in community schools.
Nearly impossible
Bad teachers who cannot be dismissed
Government policies encouraging soft subjects
Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_England#Criti
cism
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IGCSE simply did not suit me. It was incredibly


detailed, and meant for those with a huge capacity for
learning names, theories and diagrams off by heart.
It is said that IGCSE is easier to students who are good at
science.
Reference:
http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2010
/jun/30/i-shouldnt-have-done-igcses

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UK 'second best education in Europe


South Korea is top, with three other Asian countries and
Finland making up the top five, in rankings from
education and publishing firm, Pearson.
The rankings include higher education as well as
international school tests - which boosted the UK's
position.

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These latest international comparisons, compiled for


Pearson by the Economist Intelligence Unit, emphasise
the success of Asian education systems, with South
Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong in China rated
as the highest performing.

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But it shows a strong performance from the UK, which is


ranked sixth, behind only Finland in Europe and ahead of
countries such as Germany, France and the United States.

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The UK's Business


Secretary Vince Cable
said: "The UK has a
global reputation for
excellence in higher
education, attracting
overseas students who
make huge economic and
cultural contribution to
Britain.
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Downward trend from Scandinavia


Finns no longer flying!
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27314075

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Interesting case
August Riots in England 2011

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMvuoGji3yU

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How grave it is?


Biggest civil unrest of the rest 30 years.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14478066
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14461868

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August 2011 Riots in England


More than a third of young people who were involved in
the riots had been excluded from school during 2009-10 this compares with Department for Education records
showing 6% exclusions for all Year 11 pupils

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More than one in 10 of the young people appearing


before courts had been permanently excluded - the figure
drops to 0.1% among all those aged 15

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More than a third of young people who were involved in


the riots had been excluded from school during 2009-10

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What to make of this?


"These shocking figures make clear that the poverty,
disadvantage and disaffection experienced by this group
are root causes of the August riots; and now their futures
will be blighted by criminal sentences," spokeswoman
Rhian Beynon said.

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"There are too many people who feel there is no future


for them in this city. I want to try to deal with these kids
at an earlier age and trying to crack illiteracy that is at
the heart of this. It is crucial that we invest in literacy.

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There are one in four kids reaching the age of 11 who are
unable to read properly. That is the best place to start.

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Education Policy in the UK


This article reviews empirical evidence
looking at the impact of some key reforms
which were designed to address a number of
specific problems in the UK education system.

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The Curriculum Reform


Education policy-makers recognized that the UK has a
particular problem with basic skills namely; literacy and
numeracy.

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The Policy
To tackle the problem of poor literacy and numeracy, the
UK introduced two other significant national policies.
Firstly, in the late 1980s a standardized national
curriculum was introduced for pupils aged between 7 and
16. The purpose of the national curriculum was to raise
standards by ensuring that all students study a prescribed
set of subjects up to a minimum level until the age of 16.

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The second policy reform, in 1998, was the introduction


of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies. These
strategies involved all primary schools allocating part of
the daily curriculum to literacy and numeracy hours, with
the specific aim of developing pupils basic skills.

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The Evidence
There is evidence on the effectiveness of the literacy
hour, since it was piloted prior to national
implementation.
The literacy hour was introduced in about 400 English
primary schools in 1997 and 1998. This pilot resulted in
children being exposed to the literacy hour in these
schools for two years before the national roll out took
place. The analysis shows substantial improvements in
reading and English took place (for example, reading
scores rose by around .09 of a standard deviation) for a
policy that is not very costly (just over 26 per pupil/year,
in 2004 prices)
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