Beyond the basics to the core
Indeed, it can be argued that it is these subjects above all that eat into the time said to be required for the "basics". It should be stressed that the foundation subjects, not least geography and history, should equally be seen as contributing importantly to the development of basic skills. The crisis engendered by the Government, media and right-wing critics should not divert us from the return of a broad and balanced national curriculum.
BILL MARSDEN Professor of education University of Liverpool