National Curriculum published for public consultation in England

A cautious welcome to the new National Curriculum consultation document published in England from Chris Jolly, publisher of the popular Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programme. "The changes provide a better basis for improving literacy....."

Online PR News – 13-February-2013 – LONDON : 12TH FEBRUARY 2013 – In response to the new National Curriculum consultation framework document published Friday 8th February

A cautious welcome from a leading publisher

Chris Jolly, publisher of the widely used Jolly Phonics programme has given a cautious welcome to the literacy content in the new National Curriculum consultation framework document saying: "It will be important not just for schools in England but as a template that is widely followed around the world. The changes provide a better basis for improving literacy, allowing for better engagement with teachers ability, and the extensive resources of publishers programmes."

Jolly, the publisher behind 'The Phonics Handbook' and 'Jolly Grammer, 1, 2 and 3', says "The latest National Curriculum document for England makes a welcome break with the past. Historically, over the past 20 years Government prescription in classroom teaching had become increasingly detailed. This led to growing frustration for teachers as the guidance differed in the detail from the published programmes from the leading educational publishers. Far from following the structured lesson plans in such programmes, teachers were left to use assortments of flash cards and reading books.

"The coalition Government has now recognised this problem and the latest National Curriculum document provides a framework that allows for individual published programmes from publishers to fit within these guidelines. The benefit for teachers is that they can now use structured progressive material. Nobody would dispute that a structured programme with progression will lead to better results, and these changes to the National Curriculum enable teachers to use a structured programme while fitting within the government guidance."

The link to the new National Curriculum framework consultation document can be found on the government's education website . There is a public consultation period until April and it is hoped that the elements will come into effect in September 2014.

1.1 On 20 January 2011 the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, confirmed the Government’s intention to review the National Curriculum in England. This document sets out, for the purposes of public consultation, a revised framework for the National Curriculum that is the product of that review. This framework includes:

 contextual information about both the overall school curriculum and the statutory National Curriculum, including the statutory basis of the latter

 proposed aims for the statutory National Curriculum

 proposed statements on inclusion, and on the development of pupils’

competence in language, literacy, and numeracy across the school


 revised programmes of study for all the National Curriculum subjects other

than for Key Stage 4 English, mathematics and science.

1.3 The consultation document that accompanies this framework asks a number of questions about the content and implementation of the National Curriculum. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 16 April 2013.

1.4 Subject to Ministers’ final decisions, and to the approval of Parliament, it is the Government’s intention that the final version of this framework will be published in the autumn of 2013, and that the elements that require statutory force will come into effect from September 2014.

Chris Jolly is available for interview or comment via: