Regular readers will be aware of my concerns
regarding the new primary mathematics national curriculum which is currently being introduced.
Last week the DfE published the specification for the system for assessing the new national curriculum.
It is an extremely significant publication
If we take, for example, the assessment of the new Mathematics Curriculum for Key Stage 1 which is here
it becomes clear that all children in year 2 will be doing two paper based mathematics exams which test, in detail, all the inappropriate abstract maths which should not be on the curriculum for children under the age of 7 (and isn't on any other national curriculum) but bizarrely still is on ours despite all the evidence (see e.g. page 11).
Schools will then be held to account according to students' performance in these exams (page 5).
The idea that academies and free schools can teach better curricula goes out the window because it is made clear that children in all schools will be forced to sit this test and will be held accountable for students' performance in it. (page 6).
Have I missed something or is this as insane as it looks?
Has this important development received any press coverage?