Labour has revealed plans to establish a National Curriculum Authority that “draws in broad expertise for reshaping the curriculum, rethinking assessment and providing a modernised syllabus which is free from party political interference”. Labour said the independent body would take on board the views of employers as well as subject experts to ensure young people are better prepared for work.” The plans were revealed in a report from the Labour Skills Council, set up by Sir Keir Starmer and headed by the former education secretary Lord Blunkett. The council argues the assessment system should also be reformed, saying schools should not only provide “children and young people with the necessary knowledge and qualifications, but with life skills and confidence to allow them to thrive in the workplace”. The report also calls for a “revolution” in learning and skills to boost growth and says all children must have an electronic device and digital skills should be at the heart of the new curriculum. Starmer welcomed the report and promised to put education reform at the heart of his government if Labour wins power.
Source: The Times