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NALDIC responds to the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum

NALDIC has recently responded to the interim report of the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum led by Sir Jim Rose. This review began in the spring term 2008 and the interim report was published on 8 December 2008. Since the interim report was published NALDIC has been involved in discussions with a number of agencies and organisations to ensure that the teaching and learning of bilingual pupils is reflected in new arrangements for the primary curriculum.

 

In our response, we note that we 'support the retention of a National Curriculum and the statement that it should be an entitlement for all. However, it can only become an entitlement for all if due consideration is given to the specific needs of pupils including those learning EAL...Our experience would endorse the statement in the review ‘Inspection reports suggest that schools differ markedly in the extent to which they help children apply and refine their reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy skills across the rest of their learning’. Changes in the structure of the curriculum will not address this issue for learners of English as an additional language unless the implications for teacher education, the education of support staff and the provision of training for specialist EAL staff are also addressed'.

 

To read NALDIC's full response click here

24 Feb 2009

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