The Confederation for British Industry (CBI) has warned that the new curriculum will not help secondary teachers sufficiently in preparing pupils for future employment.
During its recently completed consultation phase, the proposed national curriculum, due to come into force in 2014, has been heavily criticised from several quarters.
Now the CBI has also passed comment on the curriculum, stating that what employers really want is a coherent education system that will provide young people with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to succeed in the workplace.
It argued that the design technology component lacks academic and technical rigour and clear links to the realities of the workplace, as well as that the curriculum could inhibit those in science teaching jobs from being creative, flexible and innovative in the classroom.
CBI director of employment and skills Neil Carberry explained: "Businesses want an ambitious, highly rigorous curriculum in terms of what we aim for, but one which doesn't over-prescribe specifics better left to teachers."
The CBI was, however, more positive about the curriculum's maths provision, asserting that it is right to place greater emphasis on functional numeracy and making maths study more demanding.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels