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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 Laurence 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 free BERA membership. BERA offer a concessionary teacher member rate 
To find out more about the programme click here

BCF Steering Group

Gerry Czernisawski, Professor

BERA Engagement Chair at 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...

Vivienne Baumfield, Professor

BERA Publications Chair at University of Exeter

Vivienne Baumfiled is Professor of Professional Learning in the Graduate School of Education and co-leader of the Centre for Research in Professional Learning. She is interested in the interaction of research, policy and practice when...

Ruth Dann, Dr

Associate Professor at UCL, Institute of Education

Ruth Dann completed her PhD in issues related to assessment at Southampton University, Ruth taught in a school in Southampton. She moved to Keele University in 1993 where she led primary teacher education. She moved to Manchester Metropolitan...

Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Doctor

King's College, London/ University of Oxford

After studying Classics at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, Arlene qualified as a teacher. She taught for more than a decade in a range of schools in the UK and internationally, leading departments and assuming school-wide responsibilities. She...

Christopher Hanley, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University

Chris Hanley completed undergraduate studies at the University of Leeds in 1996 and an MA at the University of Manchester in 1998. He qualified with a PGCE (secondary English) from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999 and completed a PhD...

Sarah Seleznyov

London South Teaching School Alliance

Sarah Seleznyov has worked in London schools for over 25 years. She has been a Deputy Head, a School Improvement Consultant and still works as a School Improvement Partner. Before leading the alliance, she worked at The London Centre for...

Sharon Jones, Dr

Stranmillis University College, Queen's University Belfast.

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

Victoria Pugh

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...