This paper describes the process of designing a curriculum model for Bible teaching in UK Jewish secondary schools. This model was designed over the period 2008-2010 by a team of curriculum specialists from the Jewish Curriculum Partnership UK in collaboration with a group of teachers from Jewish secondary schools. The paper first outlines the context of UK Jewish secondary schools and then the curriculum context in which this specific model was designed. It then details the model itself and concludes with a discussion of the implementation of the model and associated challenges.
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Following substantial funding support from the Sebba Trust, this writer was appointed Educational Director of the JCP and, supported by Gabriel Goldstein, a recently retired Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI), we began writing a Scoping Paper which would lay the foundations of the curriculum partnership. The Scoping Paper would try to answer the question, ‘What is the Jewish studies ideal graduate profile of a student after 12 years studying in a UK centrist orthodox Jewish day school?’ Once we reached some consensus among the various stakeholders on an ideal graduate profile it was agreed that we would begin to design the curriculum model units in particular subject disciplines in Jewish studies for partner schools. The Bible, agreed by all schools as a core focus for teaching and learning, was chosen as a key area for our work.
- Bible study
- Jewish secondary schools
- curriculum design
- curriculum implementation