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OUR RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS
The Cambridge Primary Review Trust (as we now are) has submitted to DfE its response to the National Curriculum proposals for England published by the UK Government in February 2013.
CPRT’s response is comprehensive: it addresses every question on the consultation form and comments on all of the subject proposals. Some of the subject comments are brief, some are longer, and they should be read in conjunction with those from the subject and primary associations, which we hope will also be released. To its responses to DfE’s specific questions CPRT has added a general commentary on the proposals, and the curriculum, as a whole.
Although CPRT gives DfE credit where it is due, and is not as dismissive of the proposals as some other organisations have been, it is far from happy with the proposals as a framework for educating the next generation of young children. Thus, the CPRT response ends with this statement:
We find the proposals in many respects educationally unsound and evidentially questionable. They are based on a flawed critique of existing arrangements and an overly selective response to international data. Their lack of serious educational rationale is confirmed by the decision to add an essentially cosmetic statement of aims after the priorities and content have been determined. They perpetuate some of the most damaging aspects of current and past arrangements, notably a curriculum which is divided not only in time but also as to quality and seriousness of purpose, especially where the arts and humanities are concerned. The proposals rightly prioritise knowledge but wrongly reduce it to unchallengeable proposition. They disregard both research evidence and expert opinion on matters such as spoken language and the teaching of reading, history and citizenship. They belittle or ignore aspects of cultural life and human development - such as drama, dance and the exploration of faith and belief - which ought to feature in any national curriculum. While claiming modernity they fail adequately to reflect the profound social and educational implications of the digital revolution ... We cannot disguise our sense of the immense gulf that exists between what, in terms of the quality of consultation, evidence and vision, the Government has effected and what the Cambridge Primary Review aspired to and achieved.
Wednesday 22 May 2013 / Oxford
Joint NATE Primary/Oxford LA conference: Getting to Grips with Grammar
Thursday 6 June 2013 / (tbc)
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Thursday 27 June 2013 / Wyboston Lakes, Cambs
Bedfordshire Heads' Conference
Friday 28 June 2013 / London
Barking and Dagenham Heads' Conference
Thursday 11 July 2013 / Manchester (tbc)
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