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Publication of the Cambridge Primary Review: 'Children, their World, their Education'

Cambridge Primary Review

The Cambridge Primary Review is published today after three years of planning and three years of implementation.  The media is reporting that the Government has dismissed the report as ‘out-of-date', and that education has moved on since the report was commissioned.

The Council for Subject Associations believes that it is not possible to make a quick judgement about the report, which is not a policy document.  Rather, it believes the report should not be dismissed out of hand and time should be given to consider the evidence behind the 78 formal conclusions and the 75 recommendations it makes.

The Cambridge Primary Review is broadly supportive of increasing time for subjects, which have suffered from the increased attention given to numeracy and literacy in recent years.  It proposes that the overwhelming view of the teaching profession is that the centralisation of primary education has gone to far, and has deflected schools’ attention away from developing local curricula, more suited to community needs.

The report discusses the question of curriculum expertise calling for a debate about the staffing of primary schools to provide the best curriculum possible.  It proposes that teachers need to have a depth of ‘subject’ knowledge, providing the basis for quality lessons with high levels of interaction, ensuring that assessment for learning and feedback to pupils and parents is based in sound educational practice.

Rather than dismiss the Cambridge Primary Review the CfSA urges the Government to read behind the conclusions and recommendations and respond to the measured arguments.

David Jones


16 Oct 2009

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