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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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A caricature of character education? Morgan needs a broader vision

John White The Department for Education has just invited schools and other bodies to bid for money to support projects in character education. Since her appointment last July, Nicky Morgan has shown an especial interest in this area. In a

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Nicky Morgan’s new loom: weaving values into the curriculum

John White In her recent appearance before the Select Committee on Education, Nicky Morgan said that “we must not be shy about talking about fundamental British values.” She added that schools should promote values like mutual respect and equality between

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When the national curriculum is not compulsory we need to keep presenting the case for Holocaust education

Andy Pearce As First World War centenary commemorations become entangled with 70th anniversaries of the Second, it is worth reflecting on the words of Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti: “Forgetfulness is full of memory”. And the idea that the converse may

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What are consultations for?

Dominic Wyse A national curriculum is in part a representation of what a society wants for the education of its citizens. This is why many people feel that wide consultation on its content and ethos is necessary. The proposals for

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