The Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum headed up by Sir Jim Rose has produced a final report.
It recommends that the new primary curriculum should be reorganised into six areas of learning:
- understanding English, communication and languages;
- mathematical understanding;
- understanding the arts;
- historical, geographical and social understanding;
- understanding physical development, health and wellbeing;
- scientific and technological understanding
While early reports suggested that pupils would be taught about using Twitter and Wikipedia – the reality is that ICT will be embedded within the curriculum, with an emphasis on ICT use in all subjects, as well as teaching pupils about e-safety.
The overall emphasis is on slimming down the prescriptive nature of the current curriculum, with more cross-curricular studies aimed at making the most of good quality subject teaching – as stated by Sir Jim Rose on the Today Programme this morning.
A public consultation on the recommended programmes of study and guidance will be led by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
Find out more about the review from the accompanying press release on the DCSF website, the Executive summary and recommendations of the report itself and explore examples of cross-curricular teaching at Teachers TV.
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How will you be keeping track of the Budget?
It’s pretty unlikely that you would have been following it on Twitter this time last year – but that’s one of the ways that you can follow the Chancellor’s statement later today – via the HMTreasury Twitter channel.
Apparently they will be providing links to background material, supporting documents and other items while Alastair Darling is speaking – sounds like a great use of the real-time commentary benefits of Twitter.
… or you can track the reaction from the rest of the Twitter-verse by following the Budget via the Twitter search engine – although early indications are that it will be a hot topic and you may have difficulty separating the wheat from the chaff – in the time it’s taken to write this blog post – there have been over 450 new Tweets about the Budget!
For the political angle the 10 Downing Street Twitter channel is pointing users to a “live debate on the Budget” at their website – which is making use of Cover It Live – a nice way of producing live reports of an event that does not lead to a huge number blog posts.
Although there may not be as many Government Social Media experts contributing as there could be – unless they are very good at multi-tasking! Alas the Budget is clashing with the OpenGov event which Andy Powell is covering over at the eFoundations LiveWire blog.
For those who are more reflective then the Budget 2009 microsite and the more formal HM Treasury Budget page will have all the supporting documentation, data and figures, where you can make-up your own mind on what the Budget means to you.
Heather Dawson, our Politics and Government editor has already produced a nice round-up of links to some Budget information and coverage over at the LSE Library website and we will be rounding up some of the post-Budget reaction once the media have produced their soundbytes and there’s been some real analysis of the figures.
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It’s a big week for economic news, with the UK Budget looking to set the agenda.
Normally the Sunday papers would have been full of selective leaks from the upcoming Budget statement – but given that they were still full from the fallout of the email smeargate scandal, Alastair Darling had to make do with a brief appearance on YouTube and the launch of the Budget 2009 microsite.
The Ernst and Young ITEM Club latest forecast sees signs of a stabilising financial situation and confidence returning, but warns of a tricky 12-18 months ahead. Particular attention is paid to this report as it uses the HM Treasury model of the UK economy or you may wish to compare it with the latest HM Treasury summary of independent forecasts about the UK economy.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies in their briefing note Budget 2009: Tightening the squeeze says that the Chancellor will need to make key decisions on whether to go for any additional short term stimulus spending and how to recoup the extra spending in the medium to longer term. Look for post-Budget analysis from the IFS Budgets and Pre-Budget Reports section.
There will be more on the Budget from our Politics / Government and Economics editors throughout the week – or follow the BBC News Budget site, with commentary from their Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders – who forsees a messy week ahead – or if that is all too much for you, the Axe the Beer Tax campaign site may be more to your liking!
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