Worries over changes to school curriculum

BIG IDEAS Michael Gove is proposing major changes to the national curriculum
BIG IDEAS Michael Gove is proposing major changes to the national curriculum

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HEADTEACHERS have raised concerns about proposed changes to the national curriculum.

Education secretary Michael Gove made the announcement about changes due to come in next year.

They include fractions for five-year-olds and teaching evolution in primary schools.

In maths there will also be an expectation of a higher level of arithmetic at an earlier age.

The new curriculum will not have to be followed by academies or free schools.

Joy Squibb, headteacher of St John’s CoE Primary School in Gosport, said: ‘It’s a shame that every successive government wants to change the curriculum that we work with, with the children.

‘The headteachers in schools can put together a exciting curriculum for themselves and understand why things need to be taught to children.

‘The constant change makes it difficult to resource carefully and for teachers’ knowledge to be up to speed.

‘I’m sure that primaries will make the best of it and teach the children in the best way they know how.’

Colin Harris, headteacher of Warren Park Primary School in Havant, said: ‘My biggest concern is who is doing this national curriculum? It seems that if you’re an academy or a free school you don’t have to do it. If it’s that good, surely every child should be doing it?’

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘I believe it’s right that schools and pupils are challenged and the curriculum evolves but education leaders and teachers must understand and support any changes.

‘Further engagement is therefore now needed with everyone involved, to make sure the changes proposed are fully supported and long-lasting improvements can be made.

‘It’s important that any changes will help the curriculum be as inclusive as possible for each and every pupil.’