Children, Schools and Families Committee: Press Notice

15 June 2009

National Curriculum: Government Response

Publication of the Committee’s Third Special Report of Session 2008-09

The Children, Schools and Families Committee publishes its Third Special Report (HC  645) at 11am on Tuesday 16 June 2009 (National Curriculum: Government Response to the Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2008-09). The Special Report contains the Government’s response to the recommendations made by the Committee in its Fourth Report of Session 2008-09, on National Curriculum, HC 344-I.

The Chairman of the Committee, Barry Sheerman MP, said:

“Our Report made some strong recommendations for reform, including giving schools greater freedom in relation to the National Curriculum, establishing an independent body to oversee the National Curriculum so that reform follows educational rather than political imperatives, and putting in place a coherent framework to support the learning of children and young people from 0-19.

We are disappointed by the Government's response, which is largely dismissive of the evidence and of the perceptions of those responsible for delivering the National Curriculum. We will be inviting witnesses and others to meet the Committee in July to discuss our Report and the Government's response to it.”

Copies of the Special Report will be available for collection by Government departments, press and witnesses at 11am on Tuesday 16 June 2009 from the reception desk, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. 

The report can also be ordered from The Stationery Office (tel: 0845 702 3474) or from the Parliamentary Bookshop (020 7219 3890), or can be viewed on our website from 11am Tuesday 16 June 2009.