Education Forum response to the the National Curriculum Review

The attached pamphlet, ‘Towards a subject-based curriculum’, is a response to the interim report of the expert panel established by the Government to support the review of the National Curriculum. The Institute of Ideas’ Education Forum members welcomed aspects of the report. However, they felt that the aim of providing the basis for a subject-based curriculum for all children was lost in a report that tries to be ‘all things to all people’.

Institute of Ideas Education Forum response to National Curriculum review

The Education Forum members asked themselves a simple question: “What needed to be said to give the review the potential of forming the foundation of a subject-based curriculum?” In reply, twelve members of the Education Forum each set forward one key message for the review, the Department for Education and for teachers:

  • What we need 1: More confidence in teaching knowledge
  • What we need 2: A real vision for education
  • What we need 3: Less about aims
  • What we need 4: Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge
  • What we need 5: An irrelevant education
  • What we need 6: To understand the logic of subjects
  • What we need 7: A focus on debate
  • What we need 8: Teaching for learning
  • What we need 9: Teachers to be scholars
  • What we need 10: A proper primary education
  • What we need 11: A philosophical framework
  • What we need 12: An academic education for all

The pamphlet is introduced by the distinguished educational sociologist Professor Michael Young.

We welcome your views and comments!

Best wishes,

Mark Taylor
(London Convenor, Institute of Ideas Education Forum)

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