Political scuppering of primary curriculum is a farce

16th April 2010 at 01:00

I have the published new primary curriculum in front me, and very glossy it is, too. I'm in the process of evaluating our curriculum development action plan for September and beginning to organise training for my colleagues. We are delighted that a detailed, debated primary review has led to the profession being able to move forward with the support of a statutory curriculum, fit for purpose to educate our children for their 21st century. It isn't perfect, but for once we all seem to be swimming in the same direction. But - oh no! What should I do now?

Apparently, the signed, sealed and delivered documents that ministers have sent to every school are not yet statutory. They did not get the backing of their rivals in the education bill ("Labour policies that bit the dust", April 9). According to Conservative head office they do not like this curriculum, they have never liked it and want to devise a new one. So if they win the election my glossy curriculum is obsolete. Millions of pounds of parents, teachers and the general public's taxes have been used to create a curriculum in danger of heading for the bin.

How can ministers justify this waste of our money? What kind of department did not plan ahead for the good of our children's future, knowing there was going to be an election? A knock back without millions spent on printing documents, websites and training would have been terrible, but this is just a criminal waste. Somebody has rushed this through to score political brownie points and someone else has stopped it to score even more. Where do children, teachers and parents stand within this political wrangling? We have been shamefully let down.

Wendy Smith, Primary headteacher, County Durham.

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