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Dame Yasmin to assist with the review of the national curriculum in England

25 February 2011

The Government recently announced proposals for a systematic and comprehensive review of the National Curriculum in England for five-to-sixteen-year olds.

This review will be led by the Department for Education and will be supported by an advisory committee and expert panel made up of top teachers, academics and business representatives.

Dame Yasmin is one of the people who have been asked to join the advisory committee and in a recent letter the Secretary of State, Mr Michael Gove said:

I am delighted that you have accepted my invitation to join the National Curriculum Review Advisory Committee that will help us develop the new National Curriculum.

I would like to thank you for agreeing to offer your time, support and expertise to help us reform the National Curriculum in a way that will benefit children in our country for many years to come.

In accepting this important responsibility Dame Yasmin said:

We need a National Curriculum review to establish clarity about what teachers must teach, what children must learn and what parents can expect of their children's learning. We want to avoid overload, allowing time to ensure concepts, knowledge skills and understanding are fully developed. We also want to establish clarity about the standards we expect our young people to achieve so that they can compete confidently with the best of their peers globally.

This national review, will help to ensure that students in all our schools including those at Denbigh high school and Challney high school for boys have access to a world class education that is broad and challenging yet personalised and enjoyable for all.

More information about the review can be found on the Department for Education website.