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The Government has Published a White Paper on Education Reforms

Thursday 25th November 2010

Michael Gove’s white paper entitled "The Importance of Teaching" articulates plans to empower head teachers and plans to reform and improve the quality of teaching in classes. Michael Gove, said Labour’s last overhaul of the curriculum in 2007 represented a "serious backward step". He called for the curriculum to be simplified with a ’core’ of subjects. The core subjects will be maths, English, science, a language and a humanity either, geography, history or music.

In the last decade, citizenship and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) have been introduced as new subjects and schools have been required to teach new-style "functional skills" courses in English and maths. However, Tim Oates, a director of research at the exam board Cambridge Assessment said earlier this week that schools have been overloaded leading to a rushed checklist style of teaching, and this must be addressed.  

The publication of the White Paper outlined plans to overhaul the National Curriculum in England includes the introduction of a reading test for six year olds. Improvements to early numeracy and literacy by promoting and supporting the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics in primary schools and regular assessing of children’s progress should help achieve greater success in literacy before they leave Primary school. One in five 11 year olds still start secondary school struggling to reach the required reading and writing standard.

Visit English Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 sections, for a selection of current free teaching resources, lesson plans and worksheets for teachers to use.


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