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British Curriculum Forum

The British Curriculum Forum aims to bring together all those with an interest in collaborative curriculum, research and development.

Through events, awards and grants, the BCF supports communication and collaboration in the study and practical implementation of the curriculum in schools, colleges and wider educational settings. Connecting schools, colleges, universities and others, our work promotes the study of theoretical, innovative and practical aspects of the curriculum, drawing on a rich history, spanning more than 40 years, and continuing the tradition of research and development founded by Lawrence Stenhouse.

The British Curriculum Forum is the successor to the British Curriculum Foundation which was incorporated into BERA in 2014. The BCF has been in existence for over 40 years (and was previously known as The Association for the Study of Curriculum). 

The BCF aims to:

  • Promote the study of theoretical, innovative and practical aspects of the curriculum;
  • Provide an authoritative medium through which the opinions of teachers and others may be expressed on matters of the curriculum;
  • Provide means of communication amongst all those concerned with the study of the curriculum and/or its practical implementation;
  • Enable BERA to connect with schools;
  •  Enable practitioners to engage with research.

BCF Steering Group

The BCF is overseen by a small steering-group appointed by BERA Council. The role of the Steering Group is to:

  • Oversee the activities of BCF within BERA, in particular by promoting the study of theoretical, innovative and practical aspects of the curriculum;
  • Provide an authoritative medium through which the opinions of teachers and others may be expressed on matters of the curriculum;
  • Provide means of communication amongst all those concerned with the study of the curriculum and/or its practical implementation;
  • Enable BERA to connect with schools;
  • Enable practitioners to engage with research;
  • Promote innovative collaboration between research and practice;
  • Work with BERA’s Academic Publications Committee to oversee the strategic direction of The Curriculum Journal.

Teachers

BERA is dedicated to supporting and promoting teacher research.  We believe practitioners, academics and policy makers must collaborate to help shape a future curriculum in schools. As part of our commitment to support teachers all participants on the Chartered College of Teachers Chartered Teach Programme receive a concessionary member rate.
To find out more about the programme click here

BCF Steering Group

Gerry Czerniawski, Professor

University of East London

Gerry Czerniawski runs the doctoral programmes (PhD and Professional Doctorate in Education) at Cass and teaches on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses.  In addition to his role as a researcher, author and teacher educator he is the Chair of...

Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Dr

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Classics at University of Oxford

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford where she specialises in Classics education. After studying Classics at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, Arlene qualified as a...

Sarah Seleznyov

Co-Headteacher at School 360, Big Education Trust

Sarah Seleznyov has worked in London schools for over 25 years and is now leading a brand new primary school in Newham. She has led a Teaching School, been a Deputy Head, a School Improvement Consultant and School Improvement Partner. She also...

Sharon Jones, Dr

Senior Lecturer Education Studies (with Modern Languages) at Stranmillis University College

Sharon Jones is senior lecturer in education studies at Stranmillis University College, Queen's University Belfast.

Victoria Pugh, Mrs

University of Worcester

Victoria is a senior lecturer at the University of Worcester specialising in PSHE and RSE. She is also the SENDI and diversity lead for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Victoria has 15 years...

Richard Pountney, Dr

Principal Lecturer for Curriculum Studies at Sheffield Hallam University

Richard is a principal lecturer for curriculum studies and leads the knowledge in education research group in the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)....

Weipeng Yang, Dr

Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education at The Education University of Hong Kong

Weipeng Yang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education at The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He specialises in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy with interests in STEAM education, positive education, and...

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