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curriculum changes delayed - but should they be scrapped altogether?

20 December 2011

The government has announced that changes to the curriculum in English, science, maths and I.T. have been pushed back a year - to autumn 2014. The reason is to allow more time for interested parties to give their views so that a “genuinely word-class education system” can be created.

Critics have pointed out that as more and more schools convert to academies the proposed changes may be pointless since academies have freedom over their curriculum.

There are currently 1,463 academies open (the majority of which are secondaries) and hundreds more academy conversions are in the pipeline. In addition, the government has made it clear that poorly performing schools will be forced to partner-up with outstanding schools and become academies.

If the pace of conversions keeps up, the number of schools affected by the change in curriculum will be few and far between. The government hopes academies will voluntarily adopt the changes come 2014, but will not be able to guarantee this will be the case.

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