Geoffrey Clifton-Brown – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Education

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown on 2016-02-24.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the new national curriculum can be taught in primary schools to mixed-age classes.

Nick Gibb

Schools can choose to teach pupils of different year groups together.

Maintained schools are required to cover the whole of the programme of study for each national curriculum subject by the time pupils reach the end of the key stage period. In planning how best to teach the curriculum, schools should consider all relevant circumstances, including the needs of their pupils, and make decisions accordingly.

The programmes of study for primary English, mathematics and science are set out on a year-by-year basis to provide a guide as to the pace that the material should be taught in these key subjects.

The national curriculum focuses on the essential knowledge that must be taught, allowing teachers to take greater control over the wider curriculum in schools and how it is taught. Teachers are free to use their professional judgement and take account of local circumstances in deciding how best to organise their classes, including whether it would be suitable to teach mixed age pupils together. The Department has no involvement in these decisions.