Can Jim fix it?
In both cases it called on Jim Rose, its primary fixer, to provide reassurance. It is now repeating the process in commissioning him to review the primary curriculum to allow yet more time to be spent on literacy and numeracy, thus reassuring a sceptical public and profession that the Government is still committed to raising primary standards. No doubt "Jim'll fix it", but for how long and with what effect on a curriculum which needs to be designed for the 21st, not late 19th century?
Colin Richards, Professor of education and former HMI, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.