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20 January, 2011

National Curriculum review launched

This morning the UK government launched its long-anticipated review of the National Curriculum, which will see a slimming down of core subjects.

Announcing the curriculum review, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, said:
 
'The Government's ambition is to reduce unnecessary prescription, bureaucracy and central control throughout the education system. That means taking a new approach to the curriculum.
 
'The National Curriculum should set out only the essential knowledge that all children should acquire, and leave teachers to decide how to teach this most effectively and to design a wider school curriculum that best meets the needs of their pupils'.
 
This will involve slimming down the curriculum so that schools are only expected to teach a small number of 'core' subjects.
 
As yet we do not know what how this affects the future of citizenship education in schools. 
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