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Stephen Twigg MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on reports on the National Curriculum, said:
“David Cameron and Michael Gove have spent the last three years trying to personally rewrite the National Curriculum - they should have listened to the experts in the first place.
“They have had to go back and change the programmes of study for Design and Technology, Geography and History after experts warned there were serious omissions and they were not suited to prepare young people for the challenges of the modern world. It’s right that changes have been made to ICT and Computing following concerns raised by Labour and the ICT sector, but we await further details.

“Labour wants to ensure the National Curriculum sets clear expectations for the knowledge and skills children and young people should reach by a certain age. This curriculum looks like more of the same though. The Tories' divisive approach means curriculum freedom only applies to some schools. Labour would ensure a reformed curriculum allows teachers in all schools the freedom to innovate and prepares young people for the challenges of the modern economy.”

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