Whose curriculum is it anyway?
For decades, schools have been focused on results, but next year they could have a new priority – if Ofsted gets its way. Amid fears that an obsession with exams has led to the narrowing of learning, the watchdog plans to put curriculum design at the heart of inspections. But is it really Ofsted’s job to tell schools what they should be teaching? And how would it judge a ‘good’ curriculum? Forty years after ministers seized control from teachers, a new battle over this hotly disputed territory is unfolding, writes John Roberts