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Commenting on David Cameron’s announcement that 400 primary schools will be forced to become academies, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
Commenting on the Government’s move to raise test result targets in English and maths from 60% to 65%, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union said: "This move is more about forcing primary schools into academy conversion than it is about ‘standards’. Primary schools have shown little interest in the Government’s academy programme. It is shocking that a government policy which has been roundly rejected for sound educational and practical reasons is being foisted on schools by which ever desperate means the Government can think up."
Evolution is to be included in the primary curriculum, it has today been announced. The Department for Education (DfE) has published its draft primary National Curriculum for science, which includes the teaching of evolution from year four (age 8-9). The British Humanist Association (BHA) spearheaded the 'Teach evolution, not creationism' campaign calling for just this change, and is delighted at the news.
The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today submitted a wide-ranging response to the Department for Education’s (DfE) draft primary national curriculum for science. The response welcomes the inclusion of evolution in the curriculum for the first time, something the BHA has long-campaigned for, and support for teaching the scientific method. However, the BHA believes more needs to be said on pseudoscience and sex education.