Could do better: Using international comparisons to refine the National Curriculum in England

Cambridge Assessment – In this paper by Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, says: “We should appraise carefully both international and national research in order to drive an evidence-based review of the National Curriculum and make changes only where justified, in order to avoid unnecessary disruption to the education system.”

DfE news – Michael Gove says “Shortly, my Department will launch its own review of the National Curriculum and the remit will explicitly, for the first time, require benchmarking against the most successful school systems. This – as Tim Oates makes clear – has to be done with great care to avoid learning the wrong lessons from countries with very different cultures. But it is essential if we are to keep pace with the world’s best.”

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