CE4tF Response to the DfE Draft Specification of the National Curriculum

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On 7 February 2013 the Department for Education (DfE) launched a consultation on Reform of the National Curriculum in England. The consultation period closed on 16 April 2013.

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CE4tF_Depertment_for_Education_01On 7 February 2013 the Department for Education (DfE) launched a consultation on Reform of the National Curriculum in England. The consultation period closed on 16 April 2013.

On the web page linked above, the DfE has published a 221 page document setting out the proposed curriculum for 12 school subjects.

In April 2013 Curriculum Enrichment for the Future submitted our considered response to the DfE consultation document.

The DfE Draft Specification of the National Curriculum is constructed upon practical objectives. It is however lacking in parts, especially pertaining to the curricula of Science, Maths and History.

The National Curriculum aims to “introduce pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.” CE4tF finds that the Draft Specification fails to acknowledge the rich and diverse history that contributed to making Britain what it is today.

World cultures beyond Europe are just as important, and influenced each other. E.g. Greek knowledge was rediscovered and transmitted to Europe along with new discoveries in maths, medicine, culture, science from Muslim civilisation. By limiting the content of this Draft Specification to an Anglo-centric version of British history, pupils are deprived of the rich heritage of the world, and are left unprepared to enter our multicultural society.

This absence of narrative which would ordinarily allow pupils of different cultural backgrounds to identify positively with Britain and today’s society, can lead to disaffection, apathy or outright unfriendliness.

CE4tF believes that the Draft Specification should focus on the following principles:

  • Encourage pupils to appreciate the positive nature of difference within society
  • Preparing pupils to live in a diverse, globalised and mutually dependent world
  • Inspiring pupils to become empowered, global citizens.

The full text of our response can be downloaded as a PDF document at this link:
http://www.ce4tf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/CE4tF_Response_to_DfE.pdf 

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