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Leaked document indicates details of new curriculum for primary school staff

25/03/2009 Kelly
School staff in primaries could soon be teaching modern web-based skills alongside more traditional areas of learning, according to a leaked report.

The Guardian has stated that it has seen a publication disclosing information about the new primary curriculum produced by Sir Jim Rose, which will be published next month.

Within this, it is suggested that alongside traditional topics such as mental arithmetic and phonics, those in teaching jobs could be required to teach their pupils about online innovations such as Twitter and Wikipedia.

Commenting on the news, head of education at the National Union of Teachers John Bangs told the paper: "It seems to be about trends on the one hand, then political pressure on the other hand - the government didn't want to look like it is scrapping traditional education."

Indications that there will be a shift away from a focus on learning specific historical, geographic or scientific facts were backed by comments made by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority last year.

The body told the Times Educational Supplement that the new primary curriculum would be focusing more on the development of skills.
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