With the publication of the near-final version of the new national curriculum comes the suggestion that one minor revision of primary English could signal breakthrough for those attempting to reject the government's direction of travel.
The seemingly anonymous change is to move the various requirements of speaking and listening into a separate section of its own labelled, importantly, "Speaking and Listening" - in a prominent slot in primary English.
This is a nuanced point, since all these goals were in the earlier iteration. For example, the requirement that five-year-olds would be expected to recite poems by heart and discuss books they have read could be found in the February version under the "reading comprehension" section.
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