Curriculum refers to the content of a school subject for a specific age group. The curriculum is the broad description of the learning objectives, specific lessons, presentations, reading material,  mode of assessment and evaluation of a school subject.

Assessment of the curriculum can indirectly influence content. Standardised testing is often criticised because of a phenomenon known as “teaching to the test.” Under pressure, teachers may teach in ways that solely aim to improve student performance on standardised tests.

A successful health curriculum develops students action competencies and individual health skills and increases health literacy skills. There are tools available to ensure an effective health education curriculum.

Click here to see SHE Standards and Indicators for a health-promoting school

Click here to see SHE Factsheet No. 6 - Health literacy in Schools - State of the art

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