Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum

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Each order for this book comes with a FREE copy of The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 framework document, published by the DfE in September 2013.


This book has a simple intent. In September 2014, primary schools in England will be expected to adopt a new National Curriculum. There is good time to prepare, and this book shows you how.

At this point of curriculum change and evolution in England’s primary schools, a number of contributors have offered their reflections on how primary schools across the country might take forward and shape their own curriculum framework for pupils. The spirit of the book is based on considerable leadership experience in schools – ‘letting-a-thousand-flowers-bloom rather than recommending a one-size-fits-all approach’.

The authors’ reflections come from varying perspectives: teachers, headteachers, directors of foundations and leading thinkers on education, each of whom is involved in the work of the National Education Trust (, an independent charitable foundation which champions best practice.

Contributors include: Kate Atkins; Roy Blatchford; Tim Coulson; Kate Dethridge; Professor Deborah Eyre; Kate Frood; Dr Neil Hawkes; Richard Howard; Peter Hyman; Pamela Matty; Chris Nourse; Katy Peters; Laurence Pitt; Will Power; Jane Ratcliffe; Dave Smith; Rob Stokoe; Kathy Wood; Chris Yapp

Each order for this book comes with a FREE copy of The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 framework document, published by the DfE in September 2013.

‘The contributors are people who understand the realities of primary education yet retain that spark of imagination and creativity about what might be possible. The book will provide that most important of opportunities – to share good practice and debate with others. I’ve no doubt that minds and opinions will be changed by these contributions.'
Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education and Skills

"Whether you read it in one or two sittings, as I did, or dip in and out of it, this book provides much food for thought and challenges preconceived ideas but, most of all, it reminds us of how exciting and stimulating the primary curriculum can and should be. So before you get bogged down in the detail of the National Curriculum statements, I would encourage anyone who has links with a primary school to take a step back as you plan your new curriculum and reflect on the values, ideas and approaches that underpin the education you are trying to provide for your pupils. A great way to start your preparation would be to get a copy of Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum and read it, but don't just put it to one side once your curriculum is planned keep returning to it to challenge and remind you and your colleagues of what you are trying to achieve the best possible education for all your pupils."
Professor Derek Bell, Professor of Education in The College of Teachers, Visiting Research Associate, Institute of Education, London

Additional Information

Author Roy Blatchford
ISBN 9781908095954
No of pages 136
Format Paperback
Publication Date 11 Oct 2013

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