I’ve been wondering about ‘flightpaths’ (just google them if you don’t know!) and ‘expected progress’ recently.
Two questions strike me:
- Are flightpaths just NC levels by another name?
- What progress can we expect? How do we know?
This relates to my ‘journey’s blogs below. If we do know what we expect, are we simply providing a self-fulfilling prophecy, and at the same placing a glass ceiling on attainment?
I am worrying that we are spending so much time tracking to ensure that pupils are on a flightpath we have invented that we may not get the chance to be interesting, exciting and musical en route. Of course, I am happy to be proved wrong, but some of the horror stories I hear from school music teachers don’t fill me with much confidence. Bearing in mind that nationally 93% of kids drop music at the end of KS3, should we be thinking of that as the endpoint of their formal music education? If so, what would a flightpath for this look like? What would the intended learning be?
Finally, would musicality be there in this revised viewpoint?
I said it would be a short blog!