Important information on the primary curriculum
As you are aware the previous government accepted recommendations put forward by Sir Jim Rose to implement a new primary curriculum from September 2011. I'm sure you will also be aware that Department for Education (DfE) ministers announced on Monday that the new government doesn't intend to proceed with the proposed new primary curriculum.
DfE ministers feel that schools should be given more freedom from prescription and bureaucracy. With this in mind the government intends to return the national curriculum to a minimum national entitlement organised around subject disciplines. The next steps in this process will shortly be announced on the DfE's website atwww.education.gov.uk.
In the meantime, the existing primary curriculum will continue to be in force in 2011/12 and schools are expected to plan on that basis.
On behalf of QCDA, I would like to thank you for the significant contribution that you've made over the past two years in developing and trialling the draft curriculum materials. I'd also like to thank all those who offered advice and guidance to Sir Jim Rose to help him develop proposals for a new primary curriculum.
We've been fortunate to have worked with such a diverse, professional range of partners in this process, all committed to making a difference to the life outcomes for young children in England. I'm sure you will continue to take an active role in national curriculum developments in the future.
If you have any questions about arrangements for the primary curriculum, please feel free to call our helpline on 0300 303 3011 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, Curriculum Development