Ofsted annual report: Primary emphasis on spelling and grammar risks narrowing the curriculum

Report also warns that secondary heads do not realise that the primary curriculum has changed and still think that pupils' progress is measured in levels.


The emphasis on reading, writing, spelling and grammar at primary school risks narrowing the curriculum, today's Ofsted annual report states.

 

This means that subjects such as science and modern foreign languages can suffer as a result.

 

The report says: “The underlying importance of literacy means that reading, writing, spelling and grammar remain of the utmost importance in the primary curriculum.

 

“However, this clear emphasis, which has been embraced successfully by the vast majority of primary schools, can create a risk that the curriculum becomes narrowed.”

 

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Evidence from inspections shows that science and foreign languages end up suffering, because not enough time is available for in-depth study, the report stated.

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