Facts are only part of the story on the curriculum

3rd May 2013 at 01:00

It is rare for me to object to contributions in TES from both ends of the political spectrum. First, Dr Richard House ("Take a break, Gove, your reforms aren't wanted", Letters, 26 April) describes those who oppose UK education secretary Michael Gove's reforms as "progressives". I have worked with more than 1,000 schools over the past 10 years and I can assure readers that the term "progressive" is not recognised or used in schools. Objections to Mr Gove's policies come from teachers in all sectors and phases, who are simply hard-working, committed and passionate professionals seeking to maximise the achievement of their students.

Then I come across the ramblings of Claire Fox. She suggests that a focus on creativity without facts - for example, in history - is unhelpful. What an insult to the thousands of history teachers who mix facts and creativity, communicating their passion for the subject to countless young people. The issue is not one of "facts" or "creativity" but of time. If teachers are to deliver the long list of "knowledge" in Mr Gove's curriculum, coverage will have to be superficial unless schools allocate twice the curriculum time currently offered.

Robert Powell, Former headteacher, Stafford.

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