Labour Curriculum Review – have your sayPosted: April 30, 2012
The Labour Party curriculum review is now well under way and SEA and the party are keen to gather views as widely as possible.
Following the initial consultation meetings, some key questions about the future of the school curriculum have been identified. Please think about letting us have your views on as many of the questions as you wish.
To comment, either make a response on this blog or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next stage in the review will be to publish a draft review document in early June. Details will be on this blog as soon as they are available.
The key questions on which the party is seeking views are:
- Do we still need a National Curriculum?
- If we do, should it apply to all state funded schools?
- How do you react to the proposals from the government’s review ?
- What is the proper place for political decision making, professional decision making at a national level and decision making at school level about the curriculum?
- Do we need to look again at the transition from early years to Key Stage 1?
- Should all curriculum areas (however defined) by compulsory up to 14? If so, how much flexibility should there be for schools and how can a National Curriculum be designed which ensures that there is space for innovation by schools?
- How can a National Curriculum support the development of things like personal qualities and attitudes and dispositions – which are often highly valued by employers? Or should the curriculum restrict itself to knowledge and skills?
- How detailed should a National Curriculum be – should some areas be more detailed than others?
- What should be the compulsory elements of the curriculum at Key Stage 4?
- What kinds of vocational courses and qualifications are appropriate at Key Stage 4?
- Is there a case for radical change of assessment at 16+? If so what might an alternative look like?
- Given that parents and the wider public now expect to have a lot of information about schools, how can we measure what schools are achieving for their pupils without narrowing the curriculum through “teaching to the test”?
- Do you agree with the Secretary of State and HMCI that expectations for age 11 should be higher than at present?