Magazine article Public Finance

Curriculum 'Is Too Big and Blunts Teachers' Individuality'

Magazine article Public Finance

Curriculum 'Is Too Big and Blunts Teachers' Individuality'

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The national curriculum is too big, too centrally controlled and has deskilled the teaching profession, an MPs' investigation has found.

In a report published on April 2, the children, schools and families select committee urged the government to rethink the system and give more freedom to teachers.

Chair Barry Sheerman argued that two decades of 'ministerial meddling' had produced a curriculum that accounted for almost all classroom time but lacked coherence.

He said the curriculum, together with additional guidance in the form of National Strategies, had also reduced the 'vivacity and individuality' of teaching The committee said schooling had become a franchise operation more dependent on a recipe handed down by government'.

'You've got to start trusting teachers more,' he told Public Finance. 'The pendulum has got to swing back. You've got to give them the resources, the stimulation and the support to help reclaim territory they've lost. …

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