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Changes to the curriculum

9 July 2013

The Government is planning to introduce a ‘more stretching’ national curriculum in Autumn 2014. The new curriculum will focus upon essay writing, problem-solving, mathematical modelling and computer programming and is described by the Prime Minister as “rigorous, engaging and tough”.

Michael Gove has expressed that changes to the curriculum were required in order for England’s state schools to catch up with the world’s best education systems such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland. Unions are said to support the ‘aspiration for high standards’ but there is some concern over the timescales of implementation, some commenting that they are unrealistic.

However, it is important to note that, the changes to curriculum will not apply to the academies; they may choose whether or not to follow the updated regime. This may be a consideration for those schools who are currently considering converting to academy status, within the next 12 months.

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