In remarks earlier today David Cameron promised to lead a change in teaching methods to ensure "the basics are taught properly".  He emphasised:

"Changing the curriculum to ensure a proper focus on the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, History and Modern Languages; changes to exams – including an end to key-word marking; and changes to league tables, to make sure they focus on the core subjects.”

The Press Association is also reporting that the Tory leader "backed greater use of setting, arguing that teaching pupils in groups according to their abilities would help stretch the brightest and support the lowest achievers."

Download a PowerPoint presentation on the Tory Policy Review’s Mid-term report on education from this page.

Related links on
David Walsh’s Compulsory British History at GCSE and Tony Emmerson’s Biology, physics and chemistry – not single science

5.30pm update:
The Reform think tank has issued a response to the Conservative statement:

"There is one key contradiction and one major omission in the Conservative Party’s Policy Review Mid-term Report published today – The state of state schools. On the one hand the Party suggests that it will consider intervening in considerable detail into the process of state education.  On the other, the key policy “direction” is that the Party will deliver educational well-being which will “depend on trusting and empowering professionals, and removing the barriers that hold them back”.  These objectives are in straightforward opposition. Overall the direction of the paper is overwhelmingly in the direction of greater regulation.  This is consistent with the approach taken by the 1987 Conservative Government which introduced the national curriculum, national tests and Ofsted, and which was continued by succeeding Conservative Governments and Labour Governments after 1997… Interestingly, the Government is moving in the opposite direction to the Conservative Party.  In his speech last week, the Prime Minister explained that the Government began with an emphasis on “standards not structures” – similar to the Conservative document today – but has since realised that structural issues of parental choice and school independence are essential."

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