Written Ministerial Statement on the National Curriculum Review

A written statement by Michael Gove published yesterday. A random quote:

  • The evidence identifies the higher expectations of pupils in mathematics, English and science in high performing jurisdictions.  For example:
    • In Singapore, pupils are expected to know all their times tables and related division facts by the end of Year 4; here our national expectation is at Year 6. […]
    • The Canadian province of Alberta and the US state of Massachusetts both have a separate section on grammar in their curricula with clear standards which must be met. […]
  • The panel also recommend that we should look again at the “key stage” structure of the curriculum which they argue can lead to a lack of pace and ambition at key points in pupil’s education.

It would, of course, be wrong to conclude that England should simply import systems used in other countries wholesale. But it is absolutely clear that these findings challenge fundamental tenets of our current system.


Two linked reports:

Review of the National Curriculum in England: What can we learn from the English, mathematics and science curricula of high-performing jurisdictions?

This report aims to explore and present initial findings on what can be learned from the analysis of curricula of high-performing jurisdictions, in order to inform the development of the new National Curriculum for English, mathematics and science.

Review of the National Curriculum in England: Report on subject breadth in international jurisdictions

This report describes the organisation and content of school curricula in several countries and jurisdictions. It includes information about their: curriculum structure and organisation; curriculum review processes; lower secondary qualifications; and compulsory and optional curriculum subjects at different educational phases.

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