The report by the Expert Panel makes some key recommendations about the shape and structure of the National Curriculum and draws on extensive comparisons with other nations’ systems (‘high-performing jurisdictions).
The original timetable contained the intention that draft Programmes of Study for the four ‘core’ National Curriculum subjects would have been produced by Autumn 2011. This has not happened and as a consequence the intention to phase in the revised National Curriculum over two years (core in 2013 and the rest in 2014) has been abandoned, the new strategy being to implement all changes in 2014.
It is noteworthy that the Expert Panel advocated that PE should not be accorded ‘core’ status.
There are indications that there will be further consultative exercises but there are no firm details as yet. The Framework is a fascinating and engaging document that raises a multitude of questions. Although lengthy, it merits being read in its entirety given its likely impact on education in the not too distant future.
The intention of this paper is to provide a summary of the report although a commentary appears at some points. The introduction and first chapter prepare the ground for the substance that is found in succeeding chapters and hence the paper takes chapter 2 as its starting point.
There will be extensive discussions within NAHT on the Framework’s content and implications. Members’ views are welcomed as part of this process. (please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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