General Article Study suggests curriculum 'overloaded' and 'narrow'

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By Dorothy Lepkowska

A study from Cambridge University found that teachers had been forced into a ‘tick-list’ approach to teaching, which had resulted in pupils being coached to pass exams and tests.
However, Cambridge Assessment warned against making wholesale changes based on international models as this would have to take into account local contexts and could lead to ‘unnecessary disruption’ to the education system.
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, who wrote the foreword to the research, has suggested that international evidence should be at the heart of curriculum reform.
The study was written by Tim Oates, group director of assessment, research and development at Cambridge Assessment, who concluded there were ‘significant structural problems’ in the national curriculum ‘which need to be corrected’.
He said that changing the content of what is taught would not in itself improve standards and other factors needed to be considered, including the quality of teaching, levels of t...

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