I was on the virtually powerless governing body of the local primary school in the UK when the first National Curriculum came out, some time in the early 80’s. Very “New Math”y. Reworked a few years later. Here is some stuff from the UK Dept for Education about the latest rewrite. The old “Back to Basics” brigade are in the ascendant, but at least the UK is not drowning under High Stakes Testing. Have a look:
Key stage 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 10)
Key stage 3 (11 to 13)
key stage 4 (14,15)
ans about assessment
Only the dedicated study math in the last 2 years.
You might find this interesting as well, just look at how little time is spent taking tests, and then only in three of the years.
Then I found this. Looks familiar !
Why the big curriculum change?
The main aim is to raise standards, particularly as the UK is slipping down international student assessment league tables. Inspired by what is taught in the world’s most successful school systems, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland, as well as in the best UK schools, it’s designed to produce productive, creative and well educated students.
Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the current curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.