Private sector still offers breadth

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
The national curriculum has taken an interesting turn with the Government's recent decision to prescribe literacy and numeracy hours in maintained primary schools.

Many will see this as an unnecessarily rigid means of improving standards.

I believe that independent schools will still want to provide a broad range of well-resourced subjects, including history, geography, art, music, design technology and physical education, while continuing to seek excellence in the basic subjects of English, maths, science and information technology. I am confident that prep schools will still be able to offer a broad and balanced curriculum without sacrificing their traditional strengths in basic literacy and numeracy.

JOHN MORRIS

General secretary Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools 11 Waterloo Place Leamington Spa Warwickshire

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