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Integrating service into the curriculum: Aligning student experience with educational purpose

Written by: Hugh Stephens  Anna Fielding
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Hugh Stephens, Director of Teaching and Learning, St Edward's School, UK Anna Fielding, Director of IB, St Edward's School UK Context There are growing concerns surrounding the suitability of the curriculum and whether it is really developing the skills and values that we expect of our young people. Global test-based accountability has led to judgements of educational quality being synonymous with the outcome of tests and exams, rather than the broader purpose of education. It is becoming apparent that a more fundamental shift is needed to prepare young people for a world where self-efficacy and collaborative skills are taking on similar importance to cognitive skills (World Economic Forum, 2023). In addition, concerns about mental health difficulties among young people are on the rise, making it harder for children to understand the world and their place in it. Growing up with technology and social media can also restrict opportunities for young people to practise face-to-face i

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