Ex-HMI, Colin Richards, has followed up his plea in TES
to save the primary curriculum with another impassioned article
. He warns that the proposed curriculum is prescriptive, content-heavy and may even break the conditions of the Education Reform Act 1988. This legislation forbids ministers from laying down particular teaching methods by claiming that these methods are part of curricula content rather than methodology. He gives as examples the inclusion of synthetic phonics and long multiplication as subject matter.
Colin argues that this is a critical time for English primary education. And it is also a time, he writes, to be critical.