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Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, has announced a review of the primary and secondary National Curriculum in England. The National Curriculum was originally intended as a guide for study in key subjects which would give parents and teachers confidence that students were acquiring the knowledge necessary at every level of study to make appropriate progress. As it has developed, the National Curriculum has come to cover more subjects, prescribe more outcomes and take up more school time than originally intended. We want to hear your opinions and evidence about the National Curriculum and start a debate about what is taught in our schools. By answering the questions in the Call for Evidence you can give your input to the discussion at this early stage.
Launch Date: Thursday 20 January 2011
Closing Date: Thursday 14 April 2011
The Government is today launching a consultation on its approach to ending child poverty and improving life chances. Developing a long-term strategy to tackle decades of inter-generational disadvantage requires new approaches and depends on everyone working together. We therefore want to hear from the public, private and voluntary sectors to find the creative solutions and capitalise on opportunities that can help communities and individuals ensure their children have the very best start in life.
Launch Date: Tuesday 21 December 2010
Closing Date: Tuesday 15 February 2011
The Secretary of State has commissioned Lord Bew to lead an external review which will look broadly at the testing and accountability system for primary schools. Lord Bew is keen to gain views from a wide variety of stakeholders in order to inform the review, and has launched this Call for Evidence.
Launch Date: Thursday 25 November 2010
Closing Date: Thursday 17 February 2011
The Government is committed to raising children's achievement in reading, and has expressed the intention to establish a phonics screening check for children in Year 1. This will be a short, light-touch screening check designed to confirm that children have grasped the basics of phonic decoding and to identify those pupils who need extra help at an early stage, so that schools can provide support. The results of the screening check will provide valuable information to parents. The screening check will be part of the arrangements for the statutory assessment of children in respect of the first Key Stage.
This consultation seeks views on proposals around the purpose, structure and administration of the screening check.
Launch Date: Monday 22 November 2010
Closing Date: Monday 14 February 2011