In this essay I will identify the key factors which have influenced the development and shaping of Dance in the National Curriculum. I will do this by exploring how Dance has been added, changed and also the effects which brought about the changes in the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum is a framework which is used by all maintained schools to ensure that teaching and learning is kept balanced and consistent. The National Curriculum allows every person the opportunity to gain an education without having prejudice due to your social background, gender, culture or differences in ability such as physical and mental disabilities. This means that everyone has an opportunity to learn the same things and there are equal rights for all. The introduction of free education for all in 1891 helped in the creation of the National Curriculum, as there was no longer the divide between classes in society. However; the school leaving age at this time was 11 years. After World War 1, the government condemned Britons as physically unfit, which prompted the decade of getting fit! Shortly after this, in 1919, the Education Act was introduced into school which raised the compulsory attendance age from 11 to 14 years. This particular act also brought along with it regular medical inspections, nursery schools and centres for students with special needs.
The 1940’s are seen as the infancy of how dance changed up until the present day. At first, dance wasn’t given its own subject and was only included in History and therefore was not practised in schools in its own form.
The National Curriculum itself was introduced into England, Wales and Northern Ireland as a nationwide curriculum for primary and secondary state schools following the Education Reform Act 1987.
The Curriculum is organised into 5 stages, 4 Key Stages (KS) and the first stage known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
EYFS – Nursery & Reception, ages 3-5 years.
KS1 – Year 1 & 2, ages 5-7 years....