20 January 2011

Gove's review of curricula will include music

Today Michael Gove, Education Secretary said that the country needs a national curriculum reform to stop future generations falling behind on the global stage.

Launching a review, he named a panel of education experts to examine the framework. Gove gave specific mention to the music, saying that they were deficient because they failed to mention a single musician, composer or even to study a piece of music.

In an interview with BBC Radio’s Today programme he said: "I want there to be core curriculum content -- facts, knowledge -- and I want teachers, not me, to decide what that is,"

In defence Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers responded, saying: "The fact is there are no schools only teaching these things. The national curriculum is not the total curriculum."

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