We are pleased to see that Ofsted is researching the curriculum in a non-judgemental way:
We agree that the challenges of ambiguous language and of developing a shared understanding of techniques to develop and deliver the curriculum are important to tackle:
We think it should be noted that for nearly thirty years the government has defined the content of school curricula through the National Curriculum and that, until relatively recently, it has also provided schemes of work for all National Curriculum subjects through the now defunct Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Schools generally required teachers to follow these guidelines with the result that teachers have had less and less experience in developing their own curricula. More control of curriculum content and teaching approaches should be in the hands of schools, subject departments and teachers, but it should be recognised that confidence in exercising such control needs to be rebuilt.
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