Thousands reply on 5-14

29th January 1999 at 00:00
THE Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum has received 2,800 responses to its questionnaire on slimming down the 5-14 environmental studies guidelines, underlining profound concerns by primaries and secondaries.

But North Lanarkshire, which has already begun to implement the reforms, has criticised the curriculum advisers and says it would be "folly" to amend the guidelines for the sake of superficial changes.

Cutting the content and skill coverage does not make environmental studies more manageable for teachers, the authority says. "Such changes could result in a contradiction of our interpretation and negate the work already undertaken and the financial commitment of the council."

North Lanarkshire was the first authority to cut time for environmental studies to concentrate on literacy and numeracy, particularly in the early years of primary. Angus, whose education director, Jim Anderson, chairs the Scottish 5-14 implementation committee, also argues that time for environmental studies should be cut.

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