7. Invest in rapid, systematic trials of revised teaching and learning materials and use results to improve materials iteratively

Policy makers and planners tend to focus on student enrolments, classroom spaces and budgeting. However, to support Target 4.7 they will need to work more closely with curriculum experts, textbook writers, supervisors, teacher trainers, head teachers and teachers—in short, all those who all contribute to structuring actual classroom learning activities. Planners in particular should be aware of the need and timing sequence for funding the full range of curriculum development activities, from needs assessment through writer training, trialling of sample materials, feedback, development and trialling of full sets of materials, feedback, teacher preparation and support, assessment modalities, and continual upgrading of quality. This sequencing needs careful attention if Target 4.7 themes are to be integrated and contextualized effectively in core curriculum areas.

The development of appropriate curriculum and educational materials is of particular importance in conflict- and disaster-sensitive education planning, for preventing and mitigating both conflict and vulnerability. Education planners need to incorporate crisis-sensitive approaches when budgeting for new or revised textbooks and learning materials, as well as research into the impact of the new materials and feedback for subsequent revisions.

RECOMMENDATION 7 (a) Allocate adequate funds to integrate and trial SEL and 4.7 themes in education materials, and to fund research, feedback and revision. Funds are particularly essential for the training and on-going support of writers of textbooks and other education materials to incorporate Target 4.7 themes and topics and to embed simple, engaging pedagogy for teachers and learners.

RECOMMENDATION 7 (b) Encourage multi-year, multi-partner innovation by interested countries and share results widely.