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Talking their language: how London’s university-school partnerships are helping to tackle the MFL crisis

Caroline Conlon.  In the ‘Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review’ published last November by the Teaching Schools Council for the Department for Education, Review chair Ian Baukham paints a bleak picture of language learning in England’s secondary schools. He says, ‘… currently fewer than half

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Yes Ministry: writing project gives creativity a boost

Dominic Wyse If you agree that the Primary National Curriculum for English is too complex and over-loaded with detail, try a little experiment. See what happens when you take the 2014 Music Curriculum and adapt it appropriately. My team and

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Subject to change: here we go EBacc again

Chris Husbands. The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has begun to flesh out plans to make the English Baccalaureate – English, Mathematics, Science, History or Geography and languages – all but compulsory for 14-16 year olds in England. The idea that

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Twenty-seven years on from the national curriculum

Chris Husbands. Will the 2015 drive for curriculum entitlement succeed where 1988 and the national curriculum did not? We’ve been here before. A government re-elected; impatient to press on with education reform; concerned about the way schools respond to change;

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Why we must take the National Curriculum out of ministers’ clutches

John White Nicky Morgan has just rejected ASCL’s call for ‘a broad nationally defined core curriculum framework’ to be set by a curriculum commission at arm’s length from politicians. This will review the framework every five years and include representatives

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