'Schools cannot change the curriculum every time there’s a change of minister or policy'

Ministers need to stop meddling in curriculum and assessment and allow a school-led, self-improving approach, says one candidate to be ASCL general secretary.


The EBacc response is likely to be the spring/summer 2017: it is taking more time because of the high number of responses received by the Department for Education (DfE).


Among the flurry of new year news, it was easy to miss this important story from TES reporter Eleanor Busby. I was working with a group of school leaders in the south of England when the news broke, and it was about as welcome as a short notice inspection phone call.


The issues caused for schools and more importantly for students by a mandatory 90 per cent EBacc participation, and indeed by the delay to a response from the government on this (it’s been 18 months of waiting) have been well rehearsed by many others and I won’t go over them again here.


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