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National Curriculum

Outcomes of the primary review

In January 2008, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families asked Sir Jim Rose to lead an independent review of the primary curriculum with the support of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Sir Jim Rose and QCA sought the views of thousands of teachers, parents and education experts, and gathered evidence from international research to develop proposals for a new primary curriculum. Sir Jim Rose’s final report, which was published in April 2009, set out his proposals.

Key features of the new curriculum include:

  • high standards and good progress for all children, with no child left behind
  • a strengthened focus on securing essential literacy and numeracy skills, with opportunities to develop, use and apply these skills embedded throughout the curriculum
  • increased expectations of children's information and communication technology (ICT) capability and the use of technology to enhance learning across the curriculum
  • a continued entitlement to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum through the creation of broad areas of learning
  • recognition that children need a well-rounded school experience to succeed, and that personal development is essential to wellbeing and achievement
  • better transition from the early years to primary and from primary to secondary education.

In 2009, the Secretary of State asked QCA (now QCDA, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency) to manage a public consultation on the proposals for the primary curriculum. The consultation ran from April 2009 until July 2009.

To find out more about the primary curriculum review visit the curriculum reform consultation area of QCDA online.

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