This book has four purposes:
* to provide the background story to the evolution and establishment of the ILT
* to document the central role of the assessment of prior learning (APL)
* to support the institutions and individuals who are moving to engage with the ILT and in particular take the APL route for the first time
* to speculate on the possible consequences of the ILT itself and APL within it.
The ILT is a professional membership organisation which is open to all institutions and academics. This book will be of interest to all those who teach and support learning in higher education.
* the school before and after the introduction of the National Curriculum
* the changing role of LEAs and governors
* the characteristics since 1992 of school inspections responsible for policing the operation of the national tests
* predictions of results and examination results
* nationally set targets
* compliance with detailed prescription of school curricula.
This is the back-story of today's educational climate, as seen through the eyes of seven successive head teachers and long-serving assistant staff who worked at the school during this momentous forty-year period. How did the changes affect what they sought to do as professionals? Where have these changes taken us, in terms of what happens in classrooms and what happens in the school as a whole? And what can be learned from the development of the curriculum over this time to inform future practice?