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TRUE COST OF NATIONAL CURRICULUM REVEALS 'WASTAGE', SAYS LABOUR

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The introduction of the National Curriculum cost the government£469m, from 1988 until April last year, John Patten...
The introduction of the National Curriculum cost the government £469m, from 1988 until April last year, John Patten, education minister revealed in a parliamentary written answer yesterday, the Financial Times reports (p7).

After £35m was spent in implementing the national curriculum test, Sir Ron Dearing has now recommended the exams be cut up to 20%, the paper reports.

The total cost included almost £100m for the National Curriculum Council which devised the curriculum, and to the Schools Examination and Assessment council, which devised tests to assess it.

Shadow education secretary, Ann Taylor, claimed this meant more than £500m had been wasted. The attempt to impose a national syllabus had involved waste on a grand scale, she said.
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