Tim Oates talks with quiet authority about how the new national curriculum came to be and how ideas about assessment have changed. He explains how the honourable intentions of the TGAT report (Professor Black) became corrupted. However, it is clear that when he talks of assessment it is about assessment in the core subjects. Well he would wouldn’t he that’s the important bit. But it isn’t good enough to simply assume that there is only one approach which is so appropriate for English, maths and science that it must also be appropriate for all subjects. This does harm to the effectiveness of other subjects in achieving the aims and aspirations set out for them. This is a waste of educational potential which we cannot afford.
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