Education could change in North Lincolnshire schools under government plans
GOVERNMENT plans to slim down the national curriculum could affect primary and secondary school education in North Lincolnshire.
The plans include making foreign languages compulsory for older primary school children and replacing ICT with computing in schools.
There would also be emphasis on higher standards of literacy, a more rigorous approach to maths and a complete understanding of British history, with focus on key figures of the past.
The new courses for children up to the age of 14 would come into effect from Autumn 2014, with GCSE changes planned for the following year.
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The national curriculum must be followed by all state-funded schools, but is not compulsory for academies.
In North Lincolnshire, ten of the region's 13 secondary schools are academies, meaning they are free to set their own curriculum.
The Department for Education says that every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which "promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school" and "prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life."
The plans for children from four to 14 are currently out for consultation and a further consultation on GCSE-level changes will follow later.
For more details about proposed changes to the national curriculum, visit https://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/n/national%20curriculum%20consultation%20-%20framework%20document.pdf