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Reforming the School Curriculum and Assessment in England to Match the Best in the World – A Cautionary Tale


  • John Steers

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    1. Currently, he is a trustee of the Higher Education in Art and Design Trust and a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Arts Education Archive, Bretton Hall.
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This article traces the development of a new National Curriculum in England following the general election of 2010. The prevailing political ideology of an approach based on securing ‘core knowledge’ in a limited range of preferred ‘academic’ subjects and its deleterious impact on the arts in schools is described. The vigorous debate accompanying these ‘reforms’ is summarised.

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