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By David Wray — Deputy Director and Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Warwick.

David Wray discusses the White Paper…

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The Government’s latest White Paper on schools has a number of implications for primary schools. It sets out a guarantee that each child will go to a school where they secure good literacy, numeracy and ICT skills, learn another language and about the humanities, science, technology and the arts, and be taught in a way that meets their needs, with any falling behind having an entitlement to one-to-one tuition. It also commits to a revised primary curriculum (for schools in England) by 2011. The White Paper stops short, however, of giving a complete endorsement to the primary curriculum suggested by the Independent Review, saying only that, “Schools will be required to maintain a strong focus on the basics of literacy, numeracy and ICT” and that, “The curriculum is based on areas of learning.” We are not quite into a full cross-curricular vision of the primary curriculum yet, but it does look like schools will be given much more freedom to plan their own curricula.

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