09 December 2007

More interference in schools is not the answer

Ed Balls has announced a major review of primary education, it seems with a view to loosening up the curriculum to focus on core subjects.

I don't disagree with the principles here, but the best way of delivering the desired result is to reduce interference not to do more. Why not give schools the freedom to set their own curriculum and make them accountable for delivering the right outcomes, then focus on those that fail to deliver?

Change after change after change is demoralising for teachers, confusing for parents and destabilises education.

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