“Under the Tories we’ve seen parts of the curriculum personally drafted by the education secretary and then circulated for sign-off amongst cabinet ministers, each making a case for their own pet project to be included,”
“In the current system, not only can the education secretary prescribe exactly what goes on in classrooms on a whim, but so can the secretary of state for defence, for environment, food and rural affairs or the home secretary."
“Ministerial diktat on the curriculum has gone too far and this approach is failing to meet the needs of our young people and our economy.”
“The detail of what happens in individual lessons should not be controlled in Whitehall. It should be for all schools to develop their curriculums that put this framework into practice in the classroom and make it meaningful for every young person,”
“We should never allow the situation to arise again where ministers are personally writing individual programmes of study for schools or prescribing the specific texts young people should study."
“The curriculum should be better connected to the needs of young people and the economy and be owned by society more broadly, not the personal views and experiences of individual ministers,"
“Ministerial meddling in the curriculum has reached new heights under this government, and pupils, parents and schools are paying the price. This micro-management fails to deliver for business and is causing chaos and delays in lesson and exam preparation. As we begin the implementation of the new GCSEs, this is now becoming a serious problem."
Thursday 4th February 2016- Ministerial meddling with national curriculum is 'serious problem'