Whoo hoo – an answer

Have finally heard back from my MP with a letter from Liz Truss attached. It reads as follows:

Dear David

Thank you for your letters of 16th August and 14th September enclosing correspondence from your constituent Anne Goldsworthy about the draft Programmes of Study for Primary Science.

We appreciate the time she has taken to convey her views by writing to you. the drafts we published on 11th June for primary English, mathematics and science are not the final drafts and are intended to be the subject of discussion with a wider range of stakeholders. These discussions will inform further changes and we will then carry out a full public consultation before the documents are finalised. I will make sure the points Ms Goldsworthy made are fed into those discussions.

Please thank Ms Goldsworthy on our behalf for her contribution to developing the drafts and assure her that the points she raises have been noted.

Best wishes

Liz Truss

Probably about the best we could hope for and, ever the optimist, I am now hopeful that the worst whoopsies will get sorted.

I still get very angry that such a poor document was released in the first place. It is a NATIONAL Curriculum and even a draft/pre-draft copy should be able to stand up to some basic scrutiny. Putting out a sub-standard document is not the best way to give the teaching profession confidence that the curriculum is in safe hands. But perhaps good changes will be on their way. Let’s hope so. Cross every finger – touch every piece of wood.


About annegoldsworthy

Primary Science specialist. Going for more independent thinking and less being told what to think. And that goes for teachers as well as children. We need to change that draft curriculum for science. Follow me on twitter @afgoldsworthy
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10 Responses to Whoo hoo – an answer

  1. Katie B says:

    Well done Anne. Superwoman!!! Let’s hope sense prevails. !!!

  2. All you can do is pass things up the ladder! I hope that you can have an impact as primary education deserves better than this.

  3. Brenda Keogh says:

    That’s great news Anne. Let’s hope it’s a sign of possible future action. It would be wonderful if we do get a better primary science curriculum in the end. Well done you!

  4. Good on you…let’s hope they take notice of the pertinent points you raised and produce a document worthy of the fab teachers and children it will impact upon.

  5. Pauline Carter Bailey says:

    Thanks Anne. Great to have a response like this but lets hope that they don’t just ‘note the points’ but also act on them. I often wonder who these civils servants & ministers actually talk to!! ‘Bout time they got into real classrooms where there is exciting science going on, where children are actively engaged and making decisions based on their past experience and understanding – not just those where they follow an almost rote method of teaching (lets not mention learning!) I grew up in the era when we just had a nature table in KS1 and at KS2 we were taught ‘levers & forces’ with diagrams on the blackboard. I dread the thought of going back to something like that!!
    I wonder whether they have ‘noted’ what came out of the Ofsted report ‘Successful Science’?

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