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Primary Curriculum Review

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which witnesses gave evidence to the Rose Review into primary education prior to the publication of the interim report. (244783)

The Review held an initial call for evidence which closed on 30 April 2008. 569 responses were received. A breakdown by type of response has been placed in the Library.

The list of individuals and groups who have provided evidence to the Review through meetings has been placed in the Library.

Jim Rose has chaired a group of over 20 leading primary head teachers and senior representatives from organisations such as the National College of School Leadership, National Strategies, and the Training and Development Agency for Schools. This Advisory Group met four times prior to publication of the interim report.

The QCA provided an evidence report to the Review. This drew on international studies, stakeholder views, school visits, surveys of teachers, pupils and parents, reviews of research literature and the regular curriculum monitoring reports QCA has carried out over the last 10 years.

A number of development groups established by QCA have provided input to the Review. These groups comprised QCA curriculum advisers, representatives from national organisations such as the primary national strategies, subject experts (nominated by subject associations through the Council for Subject Associations) and practising teachers. The development groups met three times over the course of the autumn.

160 primary schools are working with QCA as part of a curriculum development network.

NFER carry out a regular termly survey of a representative sample of teachers. Two surveys have carried out so far and the views of over 600 teachers sought on issues related to the Review.