Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

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School spending protected until 2015-16

Chancellor George Osborne announced this week that school spending will be protected until 2015-16 at a time when many other government departments will suffer a 1 per cent cut. The move, which had been widely predicted, comes despite calls from some senior Conservatives to scrap the ring- fencing of the schools budget. But Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, criticised the government, saying that schools will still be subject to cuts after inflation is taken into account. "Schools and colleges have not been protected as the government claims, but have suffered real-terms funding cuts," she said.

New curriculum is 'dumbing down', academics say

A group of 100 education academics have warned that the government's national curriculum proposals will severely erode standards. In a letter published in The Independent this week, the university academics write that education secretary Michael Gove's new curriculum consists of "endless lists of spellings, facts and rules", which will not help to develop children's ability to think or solve problems. The group argue that the plans also betray a serious distrust in teachers. "Much of (the proposed curriculum) demands too much too young. …

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