No one is prepared to ask objectively whether there might be a qualityquantity trade-off here, and our process for determining the curriculum nationally lacks any attempt at time management. The original national curriculum was unmanageably large; the Dearing version only a small improvement.
Management requires the ability to make tough choices; choices in areas where you wish you didn't have to make them. Until we are willing to apply time management to the national curriculum, primary schools will continue to grapple unsuccessfully with the fudgy cop-out of "broad and balanced with special focus on language and maths".
MICHAEL E HURDLE
Send Woking Surrey