What is the British Curriculum Foundation?
The British Curriculum Foundation exists to promote all aspects of curricular development and enquiry. The BCF has been in existence for over 40 years (and was previously known as The Association for the Study of Curriculum). A former BERA President, Lawrence Stenhouse, was one of its founders. The BCF gives grants for work in the fields of curriculum and teaching and owns the widely respected The Curriculum Journal (published by Taylor and Francis).
BERA and BCF announced the establishment of a framework of incorporation from January 1st 2012. BCF remains a separate charitable foundation. The Trustees of BCF have, however, been increased to take in BERA representatives and Professor Mary James, BERA President, has taken over from Mr Mike Davies as Chair. The work of the Foundation, particularly the links with schools, will continue and it is planned will be given new impetus through incorporation into BERA structures.
Professor Mary James (who edited The Curriculum Journal in its first six years) says:
‘The resources of the British Curriculum Foundation and The Curriculum Journal provide exciting new possibilities for BERA. We plan for BCF to grow and prosper under the BERA umbrella in ways that benefit members of both organisations’.