Response to Expert Panel report

In December 2011 the Department published The Framework for the National Curriculum – a report by the Expert Panel which advised the National Curriculum review.

Since then, Ministers have been considering the panel’s recommendations, informed by consultation with key stakeholders, including subject experts and representatives of the teaching profession.

The Secretary of State has now written to Tim Oates, the Chair of the Expert Panel, with his response to the panel’s recommendations for the primary curriculum. The Secretary of State has also confirmed that he will write again to the panel about the secondary curriculum in due course. You can view a copy of the letter from Michael Gove to Tim Oates regarding the National Curriculum update.

Draft National Curriculum documents for primary English, mathematics and science published

Draft National Curriculum documents for English, mathematics and science have also been published. These drafts are a starting point for discussion with key stakeholders at this stage, but there will be a full public consultation on revised drafts which will start early next year.

ICT disapplication

Following a full public consultation, the Secretary of State confirmed on 11 June 2012 that he would disapply the Programmes of Study, associated Attainment Targets and statutory assessment arrangements for ICT from September 2012. A statutory consultation on the draft regulations that bring this decision into force closed on 16 July 2012 and the consultation report is available to download in the associated resources section of this page.

The final regulations were laid before Parliament on 30 July 2012 and will come into force on 1 September 2012.

You can find more information on how this affects schools in the associated resources section.

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National Curriculum Review