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Monday 04 May 2009

Sir Jim Rose has published the final report on his Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum.

His review takes forward a commitment in the Children's Plan to undertake the most fundamental review of the primary curriculum for a decade. Sir Jim's report sets out a proposed new primary curriculum as well as a number of other recommendations. The report, alongside the Secretary of State's response, can be found here.

Sir Alasdair Macdonald's report on his independent review of the proposal to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education statutory was published on Monday 27 April. His review made a number of firm recommendations, including that PSHE education should become part of the statutory National Curriculum in both primary and secondary schools. Read Sir Alasdair's Independent Review of PSHE Education here.

The release of both these independent reviews, and the Government's response to them, signals the start of a 12-week public consultation period on curriculum reform, to be managed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Alongside the proposals for the primary curriculum and the teaching of PSHE, updated guidance on teaching religious education and a revised set of level descriptions are also included in the consultation.

Your input into this consultation is welcomed as are all comments on what further improvements could be made. The consultation is available here.

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