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.

The current membership is:

Gerry Czerniawski (Chair)
Vivienne Baumfield
Arthur Chapman
Arlene Holmes-Henderson
Christopher Hanley
Ruth Dann

Awards

The BCF oversees two of BERA’s Awards

The BECF Curriculum Investigation Grant

The BCF Routledge Curriculum Journal Prize

More details of these can be found on the Awards page.

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.
To find out more about the programme click here

Events

Every year the BCF runs Saturday events for teachers.

Upcoming Event:

Re-imagining a curriculum for teacher knowledge: A BCF Event for schools, colleges and universities
23 February 2019
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Please click below for past events:

Researching the Curriculum in schools and colleges: Practice, Professionalism and Innovation: A BCF Event for schools, colleges and universities
24 February 2018
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Researching our Early Years Curriculum: Policy, Practice and Professionalism: A BCF event for schools, colleges, universities and early years setting
10 June 2017
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