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Curriculum

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what evidential basis the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority adopted the approach to the curriculum outlined in the National Curriculum planning guidance and draft supporting materials. (134176)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority’s (QCA) approach to the curriculum outlined in the National Curriculum planning guidance and supporting materials is built on evidence from ongoing work with schools and colleges. The ‘futures in action’ programme, which has been running since 2005, has continued to demonstrate a high degree of consensus about many of the characteristics of how the curriculum should be shaped. QCA’s work is also supported by the results of its annual curriculum monitoring programme which includes interviews and questionnaires with head teachers, deputy heads, teachers and pupils.