Former education mandarin Sir David Bell, states that school ministers must stop re-writing the curriculum and allow more power to teachers in order to improve.
Sir David Bell believes ministers should be stripped of all their key decision making powers on schools, thus giving teachers more of a say on the curriculum. The Former top official in the education department labelled it ‘ridiculous’ that Members of Parliament with no teaching experience are setting the UK’s curriculum.
The Independent reports that Sir David is expected to put forth his opinions in a speech on Friday 9th January outlining that political interference through certain key polices is damaging the UK’s schools. “We must end this ridiculous situation where some ministers feel compelled to sit in their offices drafting maths and science curricula, particularly if they have never taught a class of children in their life.” This speech will also state how he feels that the education system now echoes that of the 1950s, with sixth form students passing and failing on the basis of one exam.
The former top official stated that real savings in the sector would only be made by “Whitehall stepping back and not needing to fund frequent changes of policy or direction” claiming that politics are “blunt instruments guiding a complex system.”
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