11 June 2015
The curriculum is the sum of all the experiences that a child or young person has at school or college. It is not simply a series of inputs (a framework of subjects to be taught over a defined period) – it is the expected outcomes of learning. Learning is shaped by much more than individual subjects and syllabuses. School and college leaders determine the wider curriculum. However, a wider set of stakeholders have a role in determining core curriculum framework of subjects.
There should be a broad, nationally defined core curriculum framework of subjects in both primary and secondary determined by an expert independent commission, which analyses the framework every five years. The commission should take account of the views of a range of stakeholders who have a legitimate interest in the core curriculum framework.
We accept that the government needs to be accountable for the outcomes of our education system, but politicians alone are not best-placed to develop the curriculum.