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LABOUR, UNIONS WELCOME NEW NATIONAL CURRICULUM

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The government's final proposals yesterday for the national curriculum have been endorsed by Labour and teachers' u...
The government's final proposals yesterday for the national curriculum have been endorsed by Labour and teachers' unions, the Financial Times reports (p10).

The new curriculum, with its emphasis on the traditional subjects of English, basic arithmetic, British history and team sports, was described by shadow education secretary David Blunkett as 'less prescriptive', in line with 'what we have been seeking all along'.

However, he attacked the £750m he claimed was the cost to the taxpayer for the curriculum.

Teachers' unions claimed the measures vindicated their boycott of the tests used to assess the curriculum.

As a result of Sir Ron Dearing's review, 20% of lesson time will be filled at teachers' discretion up to the age of 14. After this, only 40% of children's study will be prescribed.

Education secretary Gillian Shephard the new curriculum would 'continue the drive to raise standards, while at the same time giving teachers more professional freedom.'

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