Magazine article English Drama Media

English in England: National Curriculum Review

Magazine article English Drama Media

English in England: National Curriculum Review

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The Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review has published its report The Framework for the National Curriculum (December 2011). Changes to English and other core subjects, which had been expected to take place in 2013, will now take place in September 2014, as a result of the complexity of the issues raised in the report. Consultation for the new curriculum will take place early in 2013 and final programmes of study should be in schools by September 2013. See www.education.gov.uk for further details.

The report presents a mixed bag of progressive and retrograde ideas. One positive aspect is its unprecedentedly strong emphasis on the need for oracy to be taken more seriously at all levels of the curriculum. Amongst other proposals in the report are the following:

* Splitting KS2 into two 2-year units, reducing KS3 to 2 years, and extending KS4 to 3 years.

* Ending assessment by National Curriculum levels, replacing it with a system of attainment targets for each key stage linked to programmes of study.

* Making humanities, arts, and modern foreign languages compulsory till the age of 16, and reducing the status of Citizenship, ICT and Design and Technology, in line with the review's underlying philosophy of bolstering the role of traditional subject teaching, as seen in the Ebacc. …

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