On 20 May 2003, the Secretary of State launched Excellence and Enjoyment - A
Strategy for Primary Schools which set out the vision for the future of primary education
built on what we have already achieved. This vision is for a sector where high standards
are obtained through a rich, varied and exciting curriculum which develops children in a
range of ways.
The key to making this vision a reality lies in:
- Empowering primary schools to take control of their curriculum, and to
be more innovative and to develop their own character.
- Schools setting their own targets for Level 4 and 5 at Key Stage 2, based on
challenging but realistic targets for the progress of each child in the school, with
LEA targets being set afterwards.
- Trialling a new approach of supported teacher assessment at KS1, where tests
underpin teacher assessment rather than being reported separately.
- Encouraging schools to network together and learning from others in sharing
and developing good practice.
- Partnership with parents, which is vital in helping children to do as well as
they can, and making wider links with the community.
- Government acting more and more as an enabler with schools increasingly
in control of the support they get to:
- strengthen leadership, particularly leadership of teaching, and professional
development to help teachers embed the principles of effective teaching and learning
both in literacy and numeracy and across the curriculum
- help schools design broad and rich curricula which make the most of links
between different areas and provide opportunities for children to have a wide range
of learning experiences
Copies of Excellence and Enjoyment - A Strategy for Primary Schools are
being distributed to all primary schools shortly. Find out more
about what the document means for teachers and schools.
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