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Secondary Education: Curriculum

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new approach to the curriculum outlined in the secondary curriculum review. (127330)

Our assessment is that the revised secondary curriculum will be effective in providing flexibility for catch-up classes for pupils who have fallen behind the expected level in English and mathematics; effective in providing flexibility to allow pupils to extend and deepen their understanding in areas where they have particular attributes and interests; and effective in providing pupils with the personal skills, attributes and practical life skills they will need for work and in their adult lives.

At the same time, it is our assessment that the revised secondary curriculum will maintain the essential elements of knowledge, skills and understanding that have stood the test of time and will equip pupils for success in further education or training and in the world of work.