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Primary Education

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to amend the primary education syllabus to reduce the workload of (a) children and (b) teachers. (248134)

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, appointed Sir Jim Rose to undertake an independent review of the primary curriculum. The review is looking at amending primary curriculum programmes of study with a view to reducing the level of prescription, where possible, in order to make the primary curriculum more manageable for schools.

Sir Jim Rose's interim report was published on 8 December 2008, this can be viewed at:

www.dcsf.gov.uk/primarycurriculumreview/

We look forward to receiving his final report in the spring.