'Think again on 5-14'

11th February 2000 at 00:00
PLANS by the Government's curriculum advisers to reshape 5-14 environmental studies have been dismissed as "unmanageable" by a leading local authority and attacked by the largest union for imposing "unreasonable expectations" on teachers.

Renfrewshire Council and the Educational Institute of Scotland say the draft revised guidelines, which remove health education and information technology from the core of environmental studies, are still content heavy and are therefore far too ambitious.

Renfrewshire complains that"the requirement for primary teachers to build up a profile of attainment for each pupil across all curriculum areas is not achievable and attempts to do so will result in increased workload for teachers and management and a reduced level of service to pupils".

The EIS warns that the environmental studies guidelines could suffer the same fate as the present ones, put on the back burner by a Government whose priorities have been given over to language and maths are driven by national testing and target-setting.

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