Parents unaware of changes in national curriculum this September

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62% of parents in England are unaware of changes in national curriculum this September, according to a leading provider in English and maths tutition.

The research suggests that over half of parents will be ill-prepared to help their child with their studies and support them in their development.

The research of 1,000 UK-based parents, also found that nearly three quarters (72%) of parents in the UK worry that British children aren’t leading the field in standards of education.  This comes in the wake of the most recent PISA results which found the UK lagging behind their global rivals, failing to make the top 20 in reading, maths and science.

Carey Ann Dodah, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning said: “The new curriculum is a response to the feeling that England is slipping behind their international competitors and so there are some drastic changes which for most children and parents will appear more challenging. 

"Many concepts in maths and English will be introduced earlier which will feel like quite a jump when children return to class in September.”

The research also found that two thirds (66%) of parents have lost trust in the education system. 

Carey Ann said: “While the changes to the curriculum are well intended, the implementation is messy and the lack of money or additional time for teaching training or resource development could be troublesome. 

"Transitioning schools to a new curriculum without a clear method of assessment or levelling is confusing at best, and at worst, will leave schools and teachers frustrated and disillusioned with the new system.”

It is expected to take a few years for schools to really assess how effective the new curriculum will be.

Any parents unsure should attend information sessions held by their school, or check out the government website (www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum).

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