Response from Ed Balls re New Primary Curriculum

Today is another day in the race towards No 10 and I have just received a response from Ed Balls to my tweets of yesterday asking about the status of the New Primary Curriculum. His response was : sorry about that – been a bit hectic – answer is that we will revive the legislation straight after the Election. Tories wont.

So I take this to mean that if the Labour Party are returned to power then it is full speed ahead with the NPC and the rest of the Education Bill.

My colleague Miles Berry in a response to my post on the Naace Primary Forum reads it similarly … if its Labour then NPC is on track etc. but he is also quite optimistic about a Conservative win.

The last paragraph of his note is exciting and is similar to the responses I have been receiving from head teachers and interested educationalists around the country: Until new curriculum orders are made, the ’99 curriculum remains in statutory effect, listing what pupils should be taught, but not how they should be taught. QCA Schemes of Work and National Strategies have never been legally required, after all, and thus schools have legally had the autonomy to ‘tailor teaching to the needs and interests of their children’, even if it took a courageous head to use this. I suspect it would be entirely possible to cover the letter of the ’99 curriculum but maintain the spirit of Rose’s recommendations.

For me this means that head teachers will make the best decisions they can, as they always have, for the children in their care and that they will professionally ride the wave/swell of politics.
PS  … And the TES Connect version is …. here.
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  1. So – the big question has got to be – WHO authorised the expenditure within QCDA of all that money?
    Here is part of an email I recvd from a deputy of an ‘outstanding’ school today
    “Bit stunned by primary curriculum, we were gearing ouselves up for its welcome arrival. I liked the ideas in it and the way it gave schools the big go ahead to do what they felt they should be focussing on… no where do we go? It seems like we are always on the verge of something new, but never given the chance to get there, to settle and get to grips with it.”

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