Things are changing in the national
curriculum. This includes all the subjects pupils study at maintained schools from
year one to year eleven. We want the curriculum offered by schools in England to
match up to the best in the world. These programs of study are more
challenging than they were. In order for this country to compete in
a global economy we need to raise our game. We’ll be asking teachers and children to go
further in Maths at an earlier age. Fractions, decimals, negative numbers and
timetables up to twelve times twelve will prepare children for secondary school. In English there’ll be greater emphasis on
grammar, spelling, poetry and debate. In line with other countries’, we’ve
decided that foreign languages should be studied by pupils from the age of seven.
We’re also proposing to replace the current ICT curriculum with a new computing
curriculum, with a much greater emphasis on practical programming skills. Many of the programmes of study
are shorter to allow teaches greater flexibility to
respond to pupils needs.