The Department for Education has published an update on progress with the review of the National Curriculum. After its offical launch by the Secretary of State on 20 January, over 5,700 responses were received as part of the DfE’s call for evidence, which closed on 14 April. 

The review’s expert panel has begun to analyse the responses and a summary of the results will be published in due course. At the moment, most discussion has taken place regarding the phase one subjects of English, mathematics, science and physical education. In the coming weeks the DfE will be continuing their consultation with stakeholders on these phase one subjects and on the details of the initial drafts of the Programmes of Study for English, mathematics, science and physical education. The group will consider the detail for the teaching of languages as part of phase two of the review. 

The expert panel is made up of a small number of leading educationalists and academics: Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment and Professors Mary James, Andrew Pollard and Dylan Wiliam. The advisory committee to the review consists largely of successful current or former headteachers.

For more information, please go to: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/nationalcurriculum/b0075667/national-curriculum-update–recent-review-activity

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