Magazine article English Drama Media

Michael Gove, Miss Havisham and the Centre for Policy Studies

Magazine article English Drama Media

Michael Gove, Miss Havisham and the Centre for Policy Studies

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Shortly before the last edition of EDM (June), the new coalition announced that QCDA was to be abolished imminently, leaving the future of curriculum and examination development in England unclear. Little is any clearer yet, though the government made it plain in June that the primary curriculum recommended by the Rose Review would definitely not be implemented. The existing primary curriculum will remain in place until 2012, whilst plans for a new curriculum are set in motion. It has been reported that talks between Michael Gove and Robin Alexander might lead to implements of some elements of the Cambridge Primary Review. Other signs have been less promising. Schools minister Nick Gibb's most public statement on English so far has, at a Reform conference in July, been the reflection that 'to more and more people, Miss Havisham is a stranger', an example, apparently, of 'an education system that has relegated the importance of knowledge in favour of ill-defined learning skills. …

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