The Department’s National Curriculum Review Update has caused some confusion with respect to the consultation on the primary English, maths and science documents. See:
Scanning down to the end of the section headed ‘Draft National Curriculum documents for primary English, mathematics and science published’ one finds the alarming message that the consultation will run for one month until 11th July.
However, a more careful read through reveals that this refers to consultation on the draft regulations for ICT disapplication.
We are told that the English, maths and science draft documents are ‘a starting point for discussion with key stakeholders at this stage, but there will be a full public consultation on the revised drafts which will start towards the end of this year‘.
It remains to be seen who the key stakeholders are and when ‘towards the end of this year’ will turn out to be.
With the Secretary of State’s declared vision of the curriculum as simply a set of subjects, it seems probable that the consultation will have a subject rather than a ‘big picture’ focus. It is obviously vital to do all we can to ensure the outcome is a curriculum through which young people optimise their potential and learn the knowledge, skills, understanding and aptitudes they need both in terms of key subjects and their personal development.
Hence the Curriculum Foundation is encouraging all stakeholders in education (i.e. everyone) to post comments related to both draft subject documents and the whole curriculum overview. When the time comes we intend to have gathered a wealth of information and opinion for people to draw upon when responding to the full consultation.
Links to the draft subject documents:
Please add your comments below re these drafts and all other aspects of the wider curriculum.
Colleagues are currently working on responses to the subject drafts and these will appear on the blog shortly.
The Department’s original message was that the primary consultation would take place simultaneously with that on the secondary National Curriculum. Now the announcement has been made that there will be no such thing in future, it remains to be seen what consultation there will be, if any, with respect to the future of secondary education.
Since the GCSE / O level / CSE leak, Mr Gove has made clear his opinion that he can make this change without legislation, and hence without the support of the Lib Dems.
The debate over the future of GCSEs has completely overshadowed the dramatic announcement concerning the abolition of the secondary curriculum. This major change may well require primary legislation and a public consultation on whether there should be a national curriculum for secondary would certainly seem appropriate.
Of course, no phase of education exists in isolation and comments on the primary proposals are encouraged from colleagues of all phases.
Watch this space for posts relating to a host of wider curriculum issues and to primary, secondary and early years.